Susan Salazar seeks to capture the very essence of beautiful, treasured moments in life, a universal understanding and representation of shared experiences in family, society and in nature. The emotional connection is made through constructed portraits–both representational and metaphorical narratives. The artist invites the viewer to partake in the universal language of love, friendship, compassion, joy and humor; dialogue between artist and viewer becomes interwoven and interchangeable. Joy and passion drive her work; each piece represents her internal, personal journey that assists in capturing the emotion(s) portrayed. The artist is further driven to embody that perfect line, unity of color, and inspiring subject, to create opportunity for an emotive exchange of past and present lives through art. Susan’s work is ever evolving into a complex mixture of “home” and “remembrance” personified.
About The Artist:
San Diego native Susan Salazar is an awarded CPX Colored Pencil Artist, a member of Spanish Village Art Center (SVAC) located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. She was a partner in studio 40 for seven years at SVAC; however, beginning May 1, 2014, she will be joining studio 24. Additionally, the artist is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and local District Chapter 202 (DC 202), where she served as Vice-President 2007-2008 of the local, DC 202. She is also a member of the Foothills Art Association (FAA), San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) and the Escondido Municipal Gallery. On February 1, 2014, Susan received CPX Signature Status from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Art permeates every aspect of the artist's life; she continually works at developing her career in art, seeking to refine her natural art talent, by studying with several instructors: Linda Doll, Marilyn Grame, Debra Babylon, Diane Weintraub and Maidie Weisbarth, and workshop instructors, Thia Nevius, Nita Leland, Karen Rhiner, Monique Passicot and John Smolko. Susan's work has shown locally, nationally and internationally. Many of her works are in private and corporate collections in the United States.
colored pencil, graphite, gouache, pastels, watercolor and instant coffee.