Susie Silver grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended the New York State College of Ceramics within Alfred University in Alfred, New York where she earned her BFA in 2002. While attending Alfred University, she also earned a Minor in Art History and Art Education. Susie has furthered her studies at Studio Arts International in Florence, Italy and Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. She is in her fifteenth year as a Visual Art teacher at Cary High School. She earned her National Board teaching certification in 2010. Susie also owns and operates Locally Made Market and hold a postition on the Board of Directors for Cary Visual Art. Susie currently resides in Cary, NC with her spouse and three year old son.
I eliminate all or most realistic imagery from my paintings. My goal is to give my viewers a pervasive sense of calm and to offer a moment of escape from our everyday “noise” when they engage with my work. I focus on the manipulation of many different media while immersed in the process of creating. Pieces are actively layered with media such as ink, watercolor and acrylic, and constructed over time through multiple working sessions. The inspiration for my imagery, and for this layering process, comes from the natural movement of liquids, rock formations and aerial views of land and water. I use minimal tools in the process of creating pieces often using my hands, fingers and even my breath to guide mediums around the working surface. Spontaneous and unplanned moments occur in every piece, which is exhilarating and challenging to me.