Susan Finsen - Mark Maker

© 2018 Susan Finsen
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.

A founding member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria Virginia, I am a resident artist for most of the year.  In summer, I work in Brooksville Maine, and am part of the Smalling–Finsen Studio + Gallery in Penobscot, and the Deer Isle Artists Association in Deer Isle Village.