I always used to think using a middle initial was pretentious until I found out how many Susan Sharp's there are in the world, and how many of us are artists! So guess I"m using the D.
I grew up in Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi River and that rural upbringing irrevocably shaped my love of wide-open spaces, quiet and solitude. When I"m not creating art, I'm a speaker, best-selling author, A Color Code Certified Trainer, and a coach to speakers and seekers.
I get asked about my inspiration all the time. Being a true introvert, my ideas come mostly from within. But I follow artists and would be lying if I said they didn't influence me. It was Picasso, afterall who said that Art is Theft! Of course we take bits and pieces of others artists ideas and make them our own, but I can truly say that most of my greatest ideas have come from my internal processes.
I have a few signature techniques including outlining shapes within abstract pieces in India Ink, painting on old billboard vinyl then cutting it up and weaving it, and a few mixed media techniques I haven't ever see anywhere else. I love experimenting with materials and asking, "I wonder what would happen if I..." Using found objects and non-art materials is the best!
In 2018 my art was used on the set of Season 7 of Orange is the New Black. It was great fun watching that last season to see where my art would show up on the screen!
I've had my art in numerous galleries and in many shows but I still prefer to sell my art one-on-one so that I can come to understand why someone loves a piece and how it helps them.
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