Artist Statement

I am inspired by all forms of nature and vivid color. I  capture the souls of these true loves by marrying them with coordinating stains and blending those colors into the natural grain of bare wood with my hands.

I enjoy the transformation from simple, timeless and organic to vibrant, colorful and abstract via the natural grain of wood. Capturing both dimension, movement and magnificence, it is such a wonderful feeling to use a new medium that allows me to feel the wood, push and caress the stain and fuel my soul as I produce something so magnificent.

Another passion is fluid art. The swirl and anticipation of watching one color unite with another to form a union of the unexpected is captivating and delightful. The unexpected results of alcohol ink, stain, or acrylics always delights me in its diversity and changeability.

Inspiration comes from breathtaking sunsets bursting 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 wood, the grain of the wood itself drives this art and is perfect inspiration alone.

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

Susi Schuele

Susi Schuele



Second Touch Art is represented by Willows Gallery in Oconomowoc! See Susi and the other artists at Willows Gallery

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