Directory profile: Susan Davies
My present work falls into four main categories:
The Atmospheres, The Dogs, Visual Melodies and The Nudes.
This series of paintings are inspired by the brilliant open fields of the central Minnesota landscape of my home. Many layers of paint create a depth to the paintings which reflect the underlying forms of the prairies and croplands when they are cloaked in billowing clouds or snuggled in vibrant blankets of snow. They reflect the movement of the wind and the brilliance of the sunlight as it dances over the vegetation and the herds of animals as they quietly graze.
My canine series is a reflection of the energy and unconditional love provided by my favorite nonhuman friends. A quote by Gilda Radner says it all:
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”
The Visual Melodies series consists of abstract visual interpretations of different pieces of music. As an artist and a musician, I find similarities between the compositional qualities of each medium and utilize these connections to communicate a deeper sense of their emotional content. The roots of the genre date back more than two hundred years to the artists who explored ocular harpsichords and color-music scales of the 18th century.
“I call my paintings psychological figurescapes. They are based on the human form, and incorporate layers of printed and written text from sources such as: my imagination, religious and philosophical documents and poetry. The work moves beyond figural realism, creating multiple layers of personal discovery.”