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Seeing and Being Seen: The Works of Susan Offield

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 E. Mitchell Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

Painting the human being, standing before an inspiring subject, is the ultimate opportunity for me as an artist. The portrait is composed of everything under the sun; shape, form, color, light, energy. It offers endless challenges, not just in the technical sense, but also emotionally and personally. The stakes feel high when I am painting a person - it's vital for me to capture some truth about them; their physical likeness; a sense of their spirit.
The live portrait sitting is where the big magic happens. Ideas and conversations flow, hearts are open, "selves" are revealed. It is such a privilege. I see the subject and they see me.

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