Susan Strouse 
Painting, Drawing, Photography and Quiltmaking
  1. Cathedral
    Cathedral
    Acrylic on Canvas 39"X34"
  2. Soft Landing
    Soft Landing
    Acrylic, mixed media 14"x11"
  3. Storm Warning
    Storm Warning
    Acrylic, mixed media 25"X12"
  4. Innocence
    Innocence
    Charcoal, graphite on paper 40"X22"

I am very grateful to have art-making as a driving force throughout my life.  Constantly composing and breaking down all that surrounds me into elements of design, is exciting, grounding and has been  my survival. 
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.   

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 sets the whole thing into motion. With each addition the piece takes on a life of its own. When the painting is finished with me, and as I step back to reveiw and unravel,  the title falls into place. The viewer is invited to have their own experience and interpretation.