Whimsical artist Suzanne MacDonald was born and raised in Seattle Washington and now lives in Gilbert Arizona.
My journey as an artist began as a child. There was never a time in my life when I wasn't doing something creative. I was blessed to be born with a musical voice and jazz and blues singing was a huge part of my life growing up, as well as creating art. I started painting and drawing whimsical, quirky people with big hands, lips, feet, thighs, very colorful figures while in college. I found that whimsical art had a way of delighting my viewer’s spirit and imagination. When painting my musical figures I would listen to my favorite jazz, R&B or classical music. I would let the rhythmic beat of the music dictate how the brush strokes created my figures. The visual differences and experiences of the places I have lived, New York City, Mexico City, Maui, Seattle and Arizona have all greatly influenced my work. Through the years my passion for creating art continued, but took a backseat to a corporate career, wife and mother. In 2008 I became a widow. My art took a new direction. I began to navigate my way through my grief by painting and writing my emotions onto my canvas. It was truly a healing experience. I worked hard to get back to the happy, joyful person by nature I always have been. Painting was my conduit to that place of joy again. In 2011 my life joyfully changed. I met my fiancé and moved to Arizona, where I recreated my life and dedicated my career to being a full time artist.
My subject matter is diverse and always changing with what is transpiring in my life. I am compelled by the desire to capture moments, emotions and events that stir my soul. Being a consummated people watcher, I just love the uniqueness in people. Whether the subject is figurative, abstract or a magnificent and powerful animal, I am inspired by life, love and the diversity and emotions of myself and those around me.
The people I paint reflect my triumphs and struggles in life. There is always immense movement and a story to unveil in each work of art. My goal is to find the gentleness, beauty and humor in life. I want to touch a deep emotion with my art. Whether it is to make the viewer smile, laugh, or perhaps see the world around them or themselves in a different way. These experiences all weave their way into the richness, vibrancy and edginess of my work.
In most cases you will find a heart incorporated in my paintings, It reminds me no matter what life places in your path it's important to " keep an open and loving heart"
I create my art using a variety of mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, inks, pastels, oil pastels, gold and silver leaf and collage. I like to layer color over color to get depth and texture in my work. I love brilliant pure color, as it is a universal language that ignites a positive energy to the viewer and communicates strong emotions and a connection to the art. I like to work on canvas, 300 pound watercolor paper or a variety of printmaking paper. Often I employ a technique of mine, I tear away layers of my paper for depth and texture, then I paint over it to get an exciting new look. I like to mix it up in my studio and experiment with different techniques and mediums.
Almost all paintings are also available in print, just go to: ( suzanne-macdonald.artistwebsites.com) All paintings look so much brighter and colorful in person.
I was educated at: Seattle University, Seattle Washington./ Burnley School of Art, Seattle Washington./ Pratt, Seattle Washington. But I am primarily a self- taught artist.
My paintings have been shown in galleries throughout Washington State, Provence France, Kirkcudbright Dumfies & Galloway ( 79 miles south of Glasgow Scotland) and in private collections throughout the country.
My paintings ( prints) are also being sold at: Caule De Marolan Gallery in callian83440 Provence France and Scottish Showcase Gallery in Kirkcudbright Dumfies and Galloway Scotland. Commissions welcomed.
An extensive part of what I have learned, savor and paint is the diversity in all of us. Despite our imperfections, it’s all a part of what makes us unique and beautiful. I embrace my own uniqueness and hope all who see and enjoy my art do as well.