Urban Outfitters Studio Visit

In honor of Laissez Fair, I got to chat with Urban Outfitters, Space 24 Twenty about my art.

"Susannah's art is bright, colorful and eye catching; the kind of work that immediately transforms the aesthetic of a room. It's hard to believe the Austin native has only been showcasing her art publicly as of recently (including West Elm, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters this coming Sunday,) after nearly a decade of refining her craft. 

In preparation of our Laissez Fair Market this weekend where Susannah will be selling a handful of pieces, we visited her at her quaint little studio in East Austin. 

Learn more about this emerging Austin artist below and if you can't make it on Sunday, check out Susannah's website and Instagram for available prints. 

Tell us about yourself… how long have you been painting? 

Hmm, I've painted for about ten years now, but not until the last year have I been public about my work. Until now it's been privy to the walls of my home and that's about it. 

I became fascinated with oil sticks a while back, they are everything you want finger painting with pastels or crayons to be. You can draw with them like pastels but also blend and shade and create different textures depending on how much you add. In high school for an AP project I made large scale self portraits in different mediums. I just kind of started and couldn't stop. I think my parents still have three or four large five foot giant faces in random closets at their house."

Read the full interview here.

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Matisse

I'm going to Nice, France in September and top of my list is to visit the Matisse museum. His use of bold colors is so out of my comfort zone, but something I strive for. The way he depicts the female form is so unapologetic and absolute; I want to be one of the women dancing in Dance.  

On my last visit to Detroit we went to John K. King's Used & Rare Book shop and I left with a copy of "Henri Matisse Paper Cut-Outs" which is inspiring a new collection of prints. 

Georgia O'Keeffe Study

I'm always looking to the masters for inspiration and work study. Working with different color palettes and forms is a way of experimenting. Currently, I'm obsessing over the palettes of Georgia O'Keeffe. 

Often referred to as a foremother of the feminist art movement, O'Keeffe is known for her bold flowers and colorful landscapes. One of my favorite quotes of O'Keeffe when faced with failing eyesight due to macular degeneration is: 

“I can see what I want to paint. The thing that makes you want to create is still there.”

All-in-all she was super talented, total bad ass and was using millennial pink before it was a thing, aka total trendsetter.

Photo: Artnet

Photo: Artnet

Photo: FAJO Magazine
Photo: FAJO Magazine
Photo: Art Docent

Photo: Art Docent

Marmalade Market

I'll be a vendor at the first annual Marmalade Market and I'm super excited! You'll find all female vendors, performers celebrating intersectional feminism. All ticket sales benefit Planned Parenthood, so come out for a good cause! Check out more about Marmalade Market online

WHEN: Saturday, May 27th, 6 pm - 2 am 

WHERE: Cheer Up Charlie's

COST: $3 Advanced, $5 Door