Original watercolor, ink & graphite painting on watercolor paper. It is on 12 inch x 16 inch cold press, heavyweight Arches watercolor paper. There is only one of this item.
ABOUT THE SERIES: JOSHUA TREE DREAMS
Before Suzan moved to Joshua Tree, she visited often and fell in love with the vast skies, the rocks, and the strange trees. She started a series while visiting and her work mingles her earthy palette and abstract dance with paint.
The natural environment is a powerful source of inspiration for Suzan's work. She spends quite a bit of time manipulating color and texture to portray both the color and topography of natural landscapes and the range of feelings they evoke. The recognition of impermanence informs much of her work. She gravitates towards the colors of fading flowers, the textures of clouds — natural elements that are continuously changing in perceptible and imperceptible ways. The attempt to express their ephemeral qualities in a static form is inherently paradoxical: her meditation practice has helped her learn to embrace rather than avoid this seemingly contradictory effort.
Here in the Mojave, the interplay of growth and decay is embedded in geological instability: gneiss, and granite plutons in dynamic balance with continual erosion. The rapidly fluctuating weather provides a particularly inspirational source.
Her philosophy of art is grounded in embracing both the necessity and impossibility of predicting directions and defining goals while the work is coming into existence. As Zen master Seung Sahn puts it, "Only don't know."
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YOUR PURCHASE IS A DONATION
100% of JTAM's proceeds of this painting goes to Paws Worldwide Rescue, a 501c3, nonprofit, charity organization, that rescues and fosters former death row companion animals (mostly cats and dogs), helps them heal for as long as they need, and finds loving forever homes for them.
Suzan Friedland holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. Her innovations in the world of contemporary textile art have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. They are part of the permanent collection of San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in California as well as private collections around the country.
Suzan has lectured and taught widely on surface design and has led workshops at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the de Young Museum of San Francisco. She was awarded a fellowship and residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.