I create art to inspire others in their work and waiting moments. I want to add beauty and interest to every conference room, lobby, workspace, home and corporate office and waiting area, because these spaces are where some very important moments take place--celebrations, mourning, promotions, changes, highs and lows. While we work and wait in these spaces, let us be surrounded by art that inspires us to dream bigger, hope more fiercely, and ponder great possibilities, leaving with a bit of the energy and vitality that art can give.
I've never done one thing--it is the intersection of all my various interests--speaking, writing, academics, music, and art that I find the most fulfillment. And each endeavor informs and inspires the next. I find the cadence in a painting and the music in my writing and I am so humbled when beauty and meaning emerges.
I get asked about my inspiration all the time. Being a true introvert, my ideas come mostly from within, but my purpose and target audience are clear: I want to create art that makes waiting and working spaces more energized and meaningful. I am influenced by artists that came before me and who understand scale and impact in public spaces. Picasso said art is theft, and he understood that we are influenced by other artists. We take bits and pieces of other 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 seen anywhere else. I love experimenting with materials and asking, "I wonder what would happen if I..." Using found objects and non-art materials is exhilirating! Some of my favorite artists include Sheila Hicks, Mondrian, Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Frank Stella, Joris Kuipers, and Richard Tuttle to name a few.
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 art shows, but I still prefer to sell my art face-to-face so that I can better understand why someone connects with a piece.
Susan resides in Camanche, Iowa near the banks of the Mississippi River and ships and installs her work all over the country.
When Susan isn't painting and selling art, she is writing books, speaking, and never forgetting her roots in teaching and training. "I've never done one thing--it is the intersection of all my various interests--speaking, writing, academics, music, and art that I find the most fulfillment. And each endeavor informs and inspires the next. I find the cadence in a painting and the music in my writing and I am so humbled when beauty and meaning emerges," says Sharp.
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