Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Rocky Mountain Water & Light
The Rocky Mountain series of paintings emerged from my forty-three years of hiking Colorado trails across the state. The paintings are an accumulation of experiences, not just one experience, one place.
I choose to create work that does not refer to any specific location or time. I choose instead to invite the viewer into my meditation of my collected emotional responses from residing for fourteen years in the Colorado Mountains. Each painting lives in its own time and locale, without depending on a specific period or place to give it validity.
It breathes on it’s own, free from a particular association, reflecting back to the viewer an experience of seeing something new. The painting changes as the viewer breathes in detail, subtleties of shape, and nuance of color. Then the painting breathes back to the viewer and a relationship ensues. I invite you to gaze, without labels, into my shared contemplation.
As a Contemplative Artist, Suzanne Frazier creates paintings from a meditative space. She meditates before she begins each painting session to facilitate moving into that part of her brain where creativity abounds.
She writes about her experience, “I lose a sense of time when I paint, and if I am lucky, I lose a sense of place, and if I am really lucky, I lose myself, and just paint.”
Her painting style is a textured process that involves a longer timeframe to create the work. With a pallet knife, she applies slabs of oil paint on to a blank canvas to create the image. Then she builds up the texture and blends colors using a brush. The combination of both elements brings vitality to the work. The painting can change and modify during all the painting times. Finally, the composition is sound and the colors are strong and she knows the painting is complete.
Suzanne’s source of inspiration comes from the natural world. She takes all her experiences from living in Colorado since 1972, from hiking above timberline to sitting next to Boulder Creek, and the accumulation of her experiences erupt in her paintings as an organic universal experience of living on this planet.
Philosophy from Lake Erie College to create a philosophical/meditative approach to art making. In September 2015, Suzanne published her first 24 page art book, Contemplative Art, describing her meditative painting process and her definition for contemplative art amid images of her cloud paintings. Suzanne has been a working artist since 1990 with oil paintings in private collections in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. She is currently represented by Osmosis Gallery in Niwot, CO.
|(Top Left) Rocky Mountain Canyon Light|
(Bottom Left) Rocky Mountain Canyon Sunset
(Top Right) Rocky Mountain Rain Sunset
(Bottom Right) Rocky Mountain Evening Light
|(Left to Right Back) Rocky Mountain Spring Storm, Rocky Mountain Creek Whirlpool |
(Top Right) Rocky Mountain Moonlight Summit
(Bottom Right) Rocky Mountain Spring Runof