"Wave Riders" Watercolor on Wood
Women Artists of Kauai welcomes another new member, Susan Strom!
Susan (Susi) Strom resides in Wailua, and has been immersed in the Arts from the time she was a very young child. She studied under two Master Painters, one in the Medium of Oil, the other in Watercolor. Because of Susi's deep relationship with water, she gravitated to the medium of Watercolor, and has been a successful painter of landscapes and ocean elements for over 20 years.
Because Susi grew up originally on the beaches and forests of the Puget Sound in Washington State, she was always intrigued by the creative use of natural elements, and began painting on pieces of wood that would wash ashore. "It rained more often than not, where we lived in the Pacific Northwest, so we had to get real creative in order to pass the time. We spent a lot of time outdoors, even in temperamental weather. It could be weeks before the sun came out!" The demand for her work grew, and Susi went on to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico under Special Invitation, and from there worked in nearly every facet of the Art Industry, from coast to coast.
Always searching for innovative applications to incorporate into her chosen medium, Susi currently works with watercolors infused with mica, which gives her paintings a dimensional depth, and luminescent quality. She still prefers to paint on wood base, as has been her whimsical preference since childhood. Her subjects are the many landscapes and settings of her home, the island of Kaua'i. Often the titles of her works are in Hawaiian, to lend full meaning.
Susi is currently represented by Earth Sea Gallery in Kapa'a, and The Art House in Koloa. She can be reached at (808) 212-5205, or you may e-mail her at email@example.com.