Susan Dehlinger -Sunshine Artist - About
Appreciation of art has always been an integral part of my life and an underpinning in all my career endeavors. From minoring in art history in undergraduate school; to becoming an international flight attendant spending much of my layover time in some of the world's greatest museums and marketplaces; to becoming a marriage and family therapist and approaching couples therapy as an art form rather than a science .... art has been the centerpiece as well as the connection between my heart, mind, and soul. As a parent, I applied my love of art by painting life size wall murals in my children's bedrooms of their latest interest du jour from Sesame Street to Star Wars and to the next generation - my grandson's love of super heros, Spiderman and Batman.
Now as an empty nester, I can finally exercise this life long passion for art "my way" with painting affordable oils on canvas primarily in still life and landscapes. I love to play with light and shadow in my work to highlight small, intimate details that might otherwise go unnoticed by a casual observer. I am basically self-taught and self-representing and paint primarily in a traditional style...with a bit of impressionism or whimsy thrown in for good measure once in a while. My excitement for a new project is palpable from the very moment I decide my subject matter and plan my color palette to the piece's natural conclusion. Subsequently I experience an emotional mix of personal reward for the artwork's completion and a sense of sadness for the same reason ... as if saying good bye after such an intimate encounter is ever easy.
I am pleased that in addition to my art selling well here in the United States, some of my pieces reside in private collections in Scotland, Italy, Australia, and South America. I am also a proud member of the juried Worldwide Women Artists Online organization and I am listed with the Artists Registry.
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