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 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 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 is the catalyst for 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.

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 is one of several notable Wisconsin artists in the Contemporary Abstraction: The Female Perspective exhibition running through April 28, 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)


Susi Schuele is a self-taught abstract artist who is a Wisconsin transplant. Born in Kentucky but 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 creates art on wood with vibrant colorful stains by hand and an occasional paintbrush. She not only achieves incredible depth in her work, she brings her soul into each of her paintings by her enormous love for music through the piece title. As a result, 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.

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. 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”.

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.