SUSAN FINSEN




202-441-3910
105 N Union #334
Alexandria VA 22314
 
My process is a combination of intuitive drawing, conscious shaping and layering, and the search for my spontaneous 5-year old self. I have no idea what the painting will be when I start.  I begin each by marking with crayons and paint, and then a conversation between my arm, my eyes, my feelings, and the surface of the painting takes over.
Marks are made and covered up, imagery is created, erased, and reimagined. I use color, line, shape and plane, and apply found and created collaged materials, to express my feelings about what I see, remember, and invent.
I am a founding member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria Virginia where I am a resident artist in Studio 334 for most of the year.  In summer, I move my studio to Maine. As part of the Smalling–Finsen Studio + Gallery in Penobscot, a member of the Deer Isle Artists Association in Deer Isle Village, and a summer resident of Brooksville, I'm inspired by, and grateful for, the direct connection to nature and wonderful friendships I've found in these communities.