Artist Statement

Words cannot describe my art. Emotions tell a bigger story. I tell my stories through vivid color inspired by all forms of nature, my imagination and music. My “Second Touch” from God has arrived and my lifetime desire to create and “be myself” is fulfilled.

Amazing, 36” x 36”, Colored Stain on Cradled Birch Panel, 2017

Amazing, 36” x 36”, Colored Stain on Cradled Birch Panel, 2017

I like to create art with a magnetic appeal. Art that draws you in. It says “Come closer. Tell me what you see. Tell me how you feel. I want to be what you need me to be.”  My intent is to evoke emotions from every sense. Joy, curiosity, maybe even dark. Visual inspiration is is a beautiful garden bursting in Spring, breathtaking sunsets glowing with orange, 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 various wood panels, the grain of the wood is oftentimes perfect inspiration alone.

Abstract brings my world and your world together by allowing each individual to see and feel their own story. From a primary emotion of a color-infused visual to secondary emotions evoked by “hearing” the music or remembering the lyrics from the piece’s carefully researched song title, this art will connect you to the experience of a memory in another time in your head and heart each time you view it. 

My art is unique because I am currently the only fine artist in the country creating fine art on wood with colored stains. Most always, I use only my hands but on occasion I work with a brush for detail and include other mediums such as alcohol ink.


Susi Schuele is a self-taught abstract artist. Raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, she now lives in the Town of Lisbon, Wisconsin with her husband, Chuck and their two very spoiled dogs, Stardust and Hanna.

Susi has been creating in some way since she was a child. She is self taught, beginning with acrylic paint and drawing. She has been creating abstract art with colorful stains on wood since approximately 2015. Susi not only achieves incredible depth in her work, she brings a little more of her soul into each of her paintings by titling them with song. Her love of music (Susi’s husband is a guitarist)  is only surpassed by her love of art. As a result, her paintings evoke a powerful emotional effect on viewers.

Susi has attained her technical abilities from studying the works of artists she admires, such as O’Keeffe, FRANKENTHALER, VanGogh and Monet. She is always experimenting with tools and mediums to achieve her desired effect. 

Susi explains, “I have always been drawn to any creative outlet. 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, painting or creative activity drew me closer to what I believe is my true calling.

“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 as they view my artworks. Color draws them in. Then their expressions, as they realize that each of my signature pieces are stain on wood and not paint, are always a powerful, joyful reaction, both to them and to me.”

Schuele was nominated for the “People’s Choice” award in the ArtisTTable 2017 Womens Exhibition online. SHE is a member of many art communities and associations, including the League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA), Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN) and Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA). She CURRENTLY enjoys gallery representation at Woodland Studios in Stoughton, WI as well as exhibiting in many prestigious exhibitions for contemporary art including the Fine Art Gallery at the One of a Kind Spring Art Show in Chicago, IL.


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. At times, Susi creates with alcohol ink on paper and tile and very rarely, creates acrylic paintings.

She was one of several notable Wisconsin artists in the Contemporary Abstraction: The Female Perspective  and Botanical Masterpieces exhibitions which ran consecutively at the Gallery of Wisconsin Art in West Bend (GOWA), from April 27 - June 30, 2018.

Susi's piece “Dark Side of the Moon” was featured in Huffington Post/Hometalk's article 53 Gorgeous Ways To Dress Your Blank And Boring Walls in January of 2017. 

She is a member of several local art communities including:


  • League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA)

  • Pewaukee Area Arts Council (PAAC)

  • Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN)

  • Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Crafters (WAAC)

  • Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA)

Listen To The Music, 25” x 25”, Colored Stain on Oak Panel, 2018

Listen To The Music, 25” x 25”, Colored Stain on Oak Panel, 2018