Susan Strouse 
Painting, Drawing, Photography and Quiltmaking
  1. Cathedral
    Acrylic on Canvas 39"X34"
  2. Crazy Late Nights
    Crazy Late Nights
    Pieced fabrics, quilted
  3. Untitled
    Acrylic, mixed media on 25"X12"
  4. Innocence
    Charcoal, graphite on paper 40"X22"
My name is Susan Strouse
I am very grateful to have art-making as a driving force thoughout my life.  Constantly composing and breaking down all that surrounds me into elements of design, is exciting, grounding and has been  my survival. 
I do not plan or sketch out a route that a painting or quilt will take, but rather let the first stroke of color or fabric swatch lead the way. Falling into the process is the real deal for me. Each addition sets the whole thing into motion as the piece takes on a life of its own, When the painting is finished with me, the first idea that pops into my head usually becomes the title, mosty for cataloging. The viewer is invited to have their own experience and interpretation.
When I feel that I need to slow down, step away from the paint throwing and get disciplined with technique, I turn to quiltmaking. The precise cutting and stitching is calming, in a way, and I take great pleasure in accomplishing accurate piecing. 

The physical nature of creating along with the extreme soul searching is life affirming.