Surrounded in her home by the Native American Indian artifacts that she collects and paints, Sue Krzyston believes that these objects represent the “soul” of the people who create them. “I strive to capture that feeling on canvas by using the nuance and essence of an object and utilize the effects of light and shadow to depict the beautiful and varied textures of each item that I select for my compostions. Light is so important in making the artifacts relate to each other. I try to make the inanimate objects come alive in the glowing warmth of the light.
Since Sue lives in Arizona and often goes to Santa Fe, she is always on the hunt for interesting new pottery, baskets and artifacts that “speak” to her to incorporate in her paintings. “I am always inspired by the artisans whose work I collect and feel that my paintings are an ‘art form within art'”.
Krzyston’s many collectors comment on the three dimensional realism that she achieves in each painting. They say that they feel like they could pick up a piece of the glowing pottery, feel the texture of a rug or pluck a bead off a intricately painted moccasin.
Since she is a self-taught artist, Krzyston has developed her own painting techniques. “I admire the Dutch masters paintings. I use the rich dark backgrounds that they used, to accentuate the light-filled foreground.” She uses many thin glazes of paint to achieve the rich glow of an object, and builds paint in many layers in the highly realistic beads that she paints on the moccasins so that they actually appear to be real beads.
Sue is also known for her traditional Still-lfe paintings featuring cobalt vases, lace, copper, porcelain and fruit. She was honored to have been commissioned by a fruit and vegetable importer to do paintings of a variety of their products with an Arizona themed composition for the Washington DC offices of the Arizona Senators and Congressmen. ” It was such a thrill to work with the organization and to be flown to Washington to help in presenting the paintings and to see where they would displayed.” The lower picture shows the presentation to Senator Jeff Flake.
In addition to having her oil paintings in many collections and shows, her work has been juried for 11 years into the well known, “top 50 female Western Artists” COWGIRL UP! SHOW at the Desert Caballeros Western Art Museum in Wickenburg, Az. She also has been invited many times into the well known Settlers West Miniature Show in Tucson, AZ. Krzyston was recently honored to have been invited to become an Honorary Artist Member of the prestigeous Mountain Oyster Club of Western art collectors in Tucson and will be inducted in November at the 49th annual show.
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