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Artist Statement

The themes of my impressionistic oil painting reflect what is most important in my life: family, nurture, home, and hope. These themes are expressed through subjects of fruit, farms, lighthouses, animals, children at play, weddings, and, most recently, sunrises. 

Color, brushmarks, looseness, and composition are all important factors in my work. I love to see the subtle variations of color that are in real life, and then exaggerate and be playful with them. I strive for a "painterly" result, allowing the viewer to almost see the process: the brush strokes, the juiciness of the paint, and sometimes the canvas. 

I love to paint on a canvas that is already full of color. First I create an underpainting, layering colors almost randomly. Often these colors insprire me in unexpected ways, allowing me to be more playful and loose. If you look closely you can sometimes see bits of the underpainting showing through the finished piece. 

From 1995 to 2005 I had many one-woman shows in various New England venues. Now my work is sold primarily by word of mouth, often on commission from photographs. I adore spending time in my studio in Somerville, MA where I leave behind the real world and get to put on my artist "hat". 

Contact Me

Susan Livada

Winchester, MA 01890, USA


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