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Artist Statement

Sukie Curtis

Every painting is something of an adventure, a small journey into territory that is both familiar and strange, the final destination unknown at the start. Most of my paintings begin in response to things that intrigue or delight me: the colors and forms of fruits and vegetables; kitchen utensils, fabrics, and pots; the sights, scents and sounds of a walk outside; or the shape shifting of clouds across the sky.

People often comment that my paintings are “happy” and “cheerful.” While I don’t set out to make “happy paintings,” painting is for me largely a celebratory act-­using the sensory language of paint to express my curiosity, fascination, and gratitude for life, the natural world, and color!

Color is a primary element in my paintings–enjoying and exploring the varied energies of color and color interactions. Other components of my work include loose line drawings, sometimes underneath and sometimes on the surface of a painting; playing with the deliberate flattening of objects and space on the two-dimensional surface; and probing the border between abstract and representational painting.

Sukie welcomes your interest and inquiries about her paintings, including potential purchases and occasional commissioned work.  You may contact Sukie here.

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