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I love to paint portraits; I am always studying people, love fashion, action, love colour and capturing a mood or moment in a face. I have worked in publishing and advertising. I have studied graphic and fine arts at Art Institute of Art, Boston, MA.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Susan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
What is unique about my portraits is my medium, I use glue to paint. I have always been interested in applying essential household products to produce my art, being part of a recycling movement. I have strong beliefs in not supporting the big art supply retailers who I believe not to be supporters of the independent artist. I always prided myself in recycling found discarded art supplies and also making my paints and paper. I love expressing the next and or fun, and humour in my subjects face. I guess that is why portrait painting is my speciality and the closest gift of love I can offer to humanity.
Susan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Others?
I have a passion for expressing one's mood or tone when I paint a portrait. I aspire to be able to do what I love to do and be able to stop working in a clerical office job eventually. My goal is to make families happy when I hand them a portrait of their lost loved ones. That makes e feel great.
Who is your inspiration in life Susan? How do you stay inspired as Others?
My inspiration in life is my best friend and sister Joane who lost the fight to cancer. She smiled and braved it to the very end. I keep positive energy to produce my art and drive me to accomplish what I have been gifted to do. Life is short and precious, and I have so much to do.
We all make mistakes Susan; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
I wish I had gotten my teaching degree because I would have loved to offer my knowledge and art enthusiasm with adolescents, and you must have that degree to take on that responsibility.
Susan, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I love to work for someone and be a part of producing a designer's visions. I always give it my all, excepting my work position, enjoying and finding respect for good talent and leadership.
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Please tell us, Susan, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
My family comes. First, I have an ill mother in a nursing home I visit every day. My passion and joy are to paint portraits in my private time; I also work full time as a customer service representative in retail full time. I try to keep in touch with my friends if not for lunch or coffee through social media via Facebook and Instagram. I love looking up exciting people. I think social media gets a bad rap, for I find interesting people from all walks of life on these two websites. I try and keep busy and productive and physically active biking and walking everywhere I can.
Susan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I am a customer service representative, so I am always looking out for my customer's best interest trying to assist them in getting what they want and need.
Susan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Others.
I am very excited and proud of painting some celebrities including Amanda Lepore, Nicki Six from Motley Crue and getting to go on stage on The WWF world champion wrestling show "Raw" with a
portrait of The Dudley Brothers. I have exhibited my paintings on various websites, most recently have been published in lookvine.com and have exhibited in a show in Miami Fl.
Susan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
I did a wall of portraits to commemorate the Haitian Victims affected by the 2010 earthquake. It was exciting because I was working under deadline pressure and capturing something that was going on in a different part of the world and I had to rely on photographs and written accounts to bring together the effects I wanted and did accomplish. I was thrilled to be one out of the three artists that were published in the Miami newspaper "The Sun".
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Others?*
Go where your heart leads you to, do what you love to do but also remember to think clearly and thoughtfully, do not ignore what both what your heart and brain tell you. Look at the cup always half full, never half empty. Enjoy and respect yourself and others and keep positive energy around yourself.