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Boise, Idaho, United States
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Artist's Bio

www.suzanneleechetwood.com
As a child, my mother allowed me to paint and draw on the walls of a spare room to my heart’s content. My parents would whitewash each exploration of art so I would always have a fresh canvas and no attachment to my previous discoveries. At the age of 12 my father taught me how to oil paint. At 15, I was offered a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania’s Governors School of Arts for painting. During this six week program, I became a Pottery student and returned home to work with world renowned potter Jack Troy at Juniata College. Soon after, I began to attend classes at Juniata and apprentice for Jack Troy.

I continued my education at Boise State University earning a B.F.A with an emphasis in Painting and Pottery and a K-12 certified teaching degree. I then opened the “Garage Gallery,” my small art business.

For me, art comes from an ephemeral experience, such as sitting on a rock getting ready to begin a rock climb. I notice the wind feather in the grasses below and my next painting unfolds before me. Creating is my way of communicating through color, texture, line, and form. Idaho rivers and landforms carry a story and significant value to me. As an artist of the western landscape, I remember the forms of earth I visit and paint them as they resonate in my memory. The draining of snowmelt in the foothills, the way it carves the land on its way to the river, and the cultivatation of the farmland inspires my work. The colors at the close of each day define my palette.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

2010








Happy 2010! I am looking forward to this year. My plans are to reel in production (is that possible?? I can't stop!!) and focus on national and international jurried exhibitions. My friend (and fabulous wedding photographer) Jason Ropp has helped me with my photography, which will make a big difference.




Also keeping me busy are painting and jewelry commissions for my favorite patrons!




More Exciting news is that a paintings of my beloved Palouse is on the cover of the Moscow Visitors Guide. My friend Tom Hamilton, another excellent photographer, helped me get the correct photo in for submission. This year is starting out hopeful for sure!




The Valentine for AIDS is coming up (Feb.5-15) at the Flying M coffeehouse, 500 W Idaho street in Boise. It is a silent art auction to benefit SNAP. I always donate a piece for my "valentine" and proceeds are a tax deductible donation for a good cause! In conjunction with that, the Visual Arts Collective (V.A.C) is hosting LOVE ROCKS music & art for the same benefit opening Feb. 5th 6-8pm free and ($5)music to follow. I am planning on taking a few different pieces there as well. Be sure to check them both out!!



Patrick and I had the chance to visit the Sonoran Desert and I was delighted by the stark and spiny landscape! So you may see some cacti and desert colors in my 2010 work.


The Loft Gallery in Hailey thrives and continues to support my work, (owner) Alissa has been selling my jewelry and pottery and would welcome you at her door.


The Artisan Gallery in downtown Eagle has been a loyal support and joy to be part of. Owner Karen Neiderhut, also an avid painter, has a great collection of local art. Her gallery has my paintings, pottery, and jewelry and also hosts other fine painters, sculptors, jewelers and artisans. Support Local and go check it out on your next venture to Eagle!! The Artisan will be hosting another "erotica" show for the month of February, there will be an abundance of tasteful nude paintings (mine included). Opening night is Feb. 5th, 6-9pm, please come and enjoy the show!!!


Finally, I have jewelry and Paintings on display and for sale at The Front climbing club, the new gym in Garden city where the sales have been great and the staff rocks!! Stop in for sure.


Thanks for your interest,

Suzanne