Susan Rene Butler is a member of the “avid life-long learner club”. If there isn’t such a thing, there should be and credit the idea to her. Read the description that she provided to learn she has experience designing and making costumes. I think that you can see that experience materialize in her work as she lays down blocks of color as if she is sewing fabric.
She shares her theme, “The joy is in the journey,” and people who have nomadic lives can surely relate to that. “The process has more to do with the outcome than the objective,” my mentor colleague used to say.
Let’s see some of her work in the slideshow.
A simple chair is painted in oil. That chair would go well with Edouard Vuillard’s ‘Madame Hessel au sofa’.
The trees in the forest, another oil, shows the result of her painting construction technique and control in the use of a dark palette.
A whimsical watercolor suggests flowers that is so retro.
A large appearing watercolor landscape is something that I have attempted as a painter many times. In this example, you can see the result of excellent training.
“About the Artist
Growing up in a large Navy family that moved every 3 years encouraged me to observe and pursue my personal interests to the fullest. My first “artistic” pursuit was at 5 — a handmade wardrobe for my Madame Alexander doll. Over the years, I’ve tried most everything including ceramics, set design and theatrical costuming. My dad used to call me a “Jill of all trades.” In 2012, I retired from a busy career as an association executive with the determination to paint as much as possible. I was attracted to drawing and painting in the late 1990’s through several visits to the Art League and had the good fortune to begin my study with Ross Merrill, former Chief of Conservation at the National Gallery and master plein air artist. Since then, I’ve painted with many talented artists all over the world.
Looking back at my years as a theatrical costumer has reminded me that textiles, yarn, beads, buttons and all things related to clothing and costumes are the perfect materials for my newest creations.
‘The joy is in the journey’ is how I describe my career as an artist. I’m an avid life-long learner . . . continually learning new techniques, subject matter and media. I see the landscape as an endless feast of color, shape and texture, but the ‘landscape’ is not just outside; it can be a face, a still life, a collection of favorite objects, or a pretty dress.””
Website: Arlington Arts Online Artist Directory
On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5, 2014 between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. will be the 4th Annual Arlington Art Studio Tour. The community is invited to take part in this popular weekend event held in artist studios throughout Arlington County.
“Featured are a self-guided tour of twenty-three art studios showcasing the work of twenty-five local artists. Works include framed and unframed oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of many styles; ceramics; sculpture; glass; jewelry; and mixed media. This yearly event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the tour and a downloadable map visit http://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org/events.html”
Arlington Artists Alliance
2100 Crystal Drive