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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, December 9, 2017

This clay canvas was recently delivered to long time (20 years!!) patrons! Good thing I have not changed my email or phone in almost 2 decades because we lost touch and they still had my original business card! Creating art for this lovely couple took me on a journey beyond my imagination. I learned the power of giving and gratitude and was reinforced with love by humanity. I learn so much when I get the chance to humbly create for someone. This winter I look forward to more time in the clay studio as I work on paintings non-stop. There is never enough time for all I wish to do so I patiently look forward to opportunities to delve into my other media. HUGS!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Spunky New tumblers!

I am hoping to keep better at updated my studio adventures!! More to come!! For now, here is a peek at my wacky cups! These are wheel thrown, carved and under glazed, fired and sanded, and then finally glaze fired! These little vessels make me happy!! Salute!!