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Susan Spaniol
Artist’s Statement

My art is a visual ode to the elemental forces of nature. I choose the modality of drawing to represent nature’s dynamics because it is one of the most natural means of human expression, as natural as ‘drawing a breath.’ Like breathing, drawing is spontaneous, immediate and direct—driven by instincts we cannot fully control.
Although most of my art works appear abstract, their initial motivation is direct observations of the natural world. I transform my experience of nature through a process of vigorous and varied mark-making that involves a variety of nontraditional artistic processes. My perceptions often become abstract as I seek to translate the primal beauty that lies beyond our physical perception into the symbol system of lines, forms, and colors.
I have exhibited widely in national exhibitions, with over 40 shows since moving to Connecticut seven years ago. I am an ‘Elected Artist’ of the Connecticut Women’s Art Association and the West Hartford Art League, where I received the “Best in Show Award” in 2009,” “Third Prize” in 2010, and the “Drawing Prize” in 2011. My most recent award was “Best in Show” at the Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford and my most recent solo exhibition was held at the Main Library in West Hartford—both in 2015. Previous one-person shows include the Clare Gallery in Hartford and the Downtown Gallery in New Britain.

An educator and art therapist as well as an artist, I am a former Professor and Coordinator of the Art Therapy Program at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Currently, I teach in the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Springfield College as an Adjunct Professor, where my course load includes “Drawing and Mixed Media for the Art Therapist.”
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