Artist Statement

I am in love with vivid color. And music. And all forms of nature. I capture the souls of these true loves by marrying them together on a wood canvas. Vibrant, colorful stains are blended into the natural grain of bare wood with my hands. The art is given a title of a song whose lyrics and sound bring additional life to the piece.

I enjoy the transformation of a piece of wood from simple, timeless and organic to vibrant, colorful and abstract via its natural grain. Joy exudes from my pores as I use brilliantly colored stains that allow me to feel the wood, push and caress my life visions onto the wood and fuel my soul. I paint unique, emotionally charged works of art on wood panels that have touched every sense during their therapeutic creation. These pieces benefit the beholder and the creator through the positivity and joy associated with brilliant, colorful, abstract art.

Visual inspiration comes from breathtaking sunsets bursting with orange, landscapes filled with natural color, the subtle but sublime metallic golds and coppers in Raku pottery, the magnificent Rainbow Eucalyptus tree or the beaming contrast and glitter of colorful elements of nature such as geodes. When creating on wood, the grain of the wood itself calls to the design of this art and is perfect inspiration alone.

Music has always been integral in my life. Titling my artwork using song titles allows me to connect to each piece at another level of emotion by capturing the essence and joy of the painting through melody and lyrics that will continue to play in your head and heart each time you view the art.

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Susi Schuele

Fine Abstract Artist

Susi is currently the only artist in the country, and perhaps the world, creating fine art on wood with colored stains. Recently, she has also begun to paint with alcohol ink as well.

She was nominated for the “People’s Choice” award in the ArtisTTable 2017 Womens Exhibition online. She is represented by the Gallery of Wisconsin Art in West Bend (GOWA), Wisconsin and was one of several notable Wisconsin artists in the Contemporary Abstraction: The Female Perspective  and Botanical Masterpieces exhibitions which ran consecutively from April 27 - June 30, 2018 at GOWA. 

She is a member of several local art communities including:

  • Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN)
  • Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA)
  • Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Crafters (WAAC)
  • Pewaukee Area Arts Council (PAAC)

BIO

Susi Schuele is a self-taught abstract artist who is a Wisconsin transplant. Born in Kentucky but was raised and lived most of her life in the suburbs of Chicago. Currently, she lives in the Town of Lisbon, Wisconsin with her husband, Chuck and their two very spoiled dogs, Stardust and Hanna. She has a wonderful blended family with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Susi's creativity began to develop at a young age under the guidance of a beautiful soul whom she loved, her Aunt Cat. Providing her with many outlets for this creativity fueled endless paintings, drawings, and one small toothpick sculpture she adored. Into adulthood, she created with anything and everything artistic as a hobby while she sustained herself and subsequently her children by working and earning an income via technical J.O.B.s . Even then, graphic and web design became the focus of that career.

She explains,

"I have always been drawn to pencil sketching. Over time, as a single mother, my technology career took the front seat to keep the house running. But I always found a way to keep nurturing my creative side and oftentimes, this supplemented our income. Each drawing or creative activity drew me closer to what I believe is my true calling. Second Touch Art got its name because I believe it is my 'Second Touch from God'."

As she "aspired to retire" Susi began to paint more often - creating mostly on canvas with acrylic paint. She dabbled in furniture restoration and through that outlet found the stain that would become the ignition for her fire and her art on wood. Her paintings evoke a powerful emotional effect on viewers. The viewer is given the opportunity to interpret these heartfelt paintings on wood based on their own personal experiences through their visual and audio perceptions.

Susi often uses photographs as references for her paintings and has attained her technical abilities from studying the works of artists she admires and experimenting with various tools and mediums to achieve her desired effect.

"Creating colorful art on wood has refocused my perspective toward the lighter, happier, positive side of each new day. And…I have seen the same effect on people when they view my art work! Their wide smiles reach their eyes. And their expressions as they realize that each piece is stain on wood and not paint is always a joyful reaction, both to them and to me. "