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Bold and Expressive

8/24/16

Shea Stanfield
Arts Columnist

The Impressionist painter Degas once wrote to Mary Cassatt, also a well-known Impressionist of the time, “Most women paint as though they are trimming hats. Not you!”

Interestingly enough, that note could have been scribed to local artist Sue Feagler. Her brush stokes are free and fluid, the colors bold and crisp, all of which come together in images of life we know, have known, or will come to know. Sue started her creative journey in Independence, Ohio, a suburb just south of Cleveland. Her father, a painter, sculptor and carpenter, was her first major creative influence, introducing Sue to the creative world of the arts. From her first set of 64 Crayola Crayons to her brilliantly rendered canvas of today, Sue has a natural instinct for the brush stokes that bring order to chaos in painted images.

As a child, Sue recalls her art training as going to the Cleveland Museum of Art for Saturday morning art classes. There, her group explored the various galleries, accompanied with a short lesson on art history and given an assignment related to the material covered. The instruction served to introduce her and the other students to a variety of cultural styles, iconic techniques, and expressions of the day. In the 1990s, while living in Omaha, NE, Sue signed up to take art lessons from a local art teacher, who introduced her to oil painting, along with its unique qualities and techniques. Finally, after 30 years in Omaha, Sue retired and moved to Carefree, AZ where she discovered the Scottsdale Artist’s School. It is S.A.S. she credits her formal training, taking classes and workshops from some of the most accomplished artist of our time.

Sue works from her home studio in Carefree, and keeps her painting skills current by painting with a group of fellow artists twice a week. She credits the support of the group and the lush desert environment for her inspiration and progress in her chosen medium of oils. Sue loves to travel both stateside and abroad where she collects experiences, cultural images, inspiration, and a renewed spirit when she returns home to share the collective experience with her clients in the form of new and vibrant images. She is also into pushing her own envelope on her style and technique, as well. Taking instruction from teachers that have a completely different outlook, background, and technique aides in the discovery of new and exciting processes in her own work. As she would explain, “The beauty of being a representational oil painter is there is not just one way to express yourself.” 

Sue exhibits her work occasionally at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and participates in the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, each November, sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League. To view Sue Feagler’s colorful and expressive collection of oils, to contact her, or to purchase or commission a work, visit her Web site at www.Suefeaglerfineart.com.

Contact arts columnist Shea Stanfield at flowingquill@yahoo.com.