Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Featured Artist Susan Savad

This weeks featured artist is photographer and artist Susan Savad.

As a child, I wasn't particularly interested in art. I took the usual art classes that most kids take but I didn't pursue it at home.

It was when my husband went into the army that I finally started becoming interested in painting.  All of a sudden, I was in Texas, had no job and my family was thousands of miles away. The only plus, as far as I was concerned, was the craft building on the army base which gave me painting supplies. For the first time, I started to paint. 

After my husband's tour of duty, we went back east and settled in New Jersey. I was now a mother with a young son and had a lot to keep me busy but once a week I went to a local adult education class and took art lessons which I continued to do after my second son was born. Finally, when my younger son was old enough for nursery school, I also decided to go back to school part time. I enrolled at duCret School of the Arts in Plainfield, NJ and started my formal art education.

Although DuCret is actually a three year program, it took me 7-1/2 years to finish because I went part-time. When I started, there were only a few older students and I felt a little out of place because the majority of my fellow classmates were just out of high school but I didn't let it bother me. I finally graduated in 1989.

Later, when digital cameras came out and Print On Demand websites became available, I became interested in photography. I feel that photography has opened up my art to new themes and I spend many weekends photographing new places.

Whenever someone tells me that they wish they had learned something as a child but it's too late now, I always tell them that you can start learning something new anytime. I know that's what I did.

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