“God in Plein Air” by Susan Stefanski
A former Biology student, followed by fine arts training, Susan Stefanski has focused her use of pastels, oils and watercolor on the depiction of nature’s beauty as an extension of her faith in God.
Susan has experimented with many media such as metalwork, stained glass, printmaking, drawing and painting. Although all avenues of creativity are interesting she is largely drawn to representational painting. She finds painting to be a spiritual and serene activity that promotes a feeling of contentment and joy meant to be shared. Susan has participated in numerous juried and non- juried shows resulting in awards including the Grand Prize for Haverford Library’s Art of the Garden Exhibition 2011. Her representational natural subjects, predominately landscapes, capture light, color and feelings that fall under an umbrella of “God’s Gifts”.
Susan dicusses her intimate relationship with nature in a Feb. 15, 2019 You Tube available lecture/interview with a Cerulean Arts Gallery Guest Curator, Carol Taylor-Kearney. The event is an exhibition: “Plein Air, Plain Air, Plane Air”. Susan describes such things as bugs, notably ticks, and bees, rain, leaves, and in fact, a dog jumping in her lap, as having been memorable parts of her plein air experiences.
“God has blessed me with so much in life and I love to capture the beauty I see in the world. Painting brings me much peace and serenity. I am grateful for all God’s gifts and love sharing the joy, light and color with others.” Profits from Susan’s work also benefit women and children of the Women of Hope, Philadelphia, and The Children in the Between Project, Tanzania, Africa.
Sue’s paintings will be available from Monday, January 6th – Sunday, February 9th