Sue creates acrylic mixed media figurative, abstract and still life paintings in a loose, colorful style, frequently using various textures, ink, graphite, paper and found objects. She calls her work Joyful Art.
“Painting is an adventure for me, and I do it to see what happens. It is the process of painting that brings me joy. I do not work from preliminary drawings or truly have a concept of what I am going to paint. Rather it is always a process of building until I find my way.
There is nothing better than moving paint across a surface, dragging colors into puddles, painting over previous work with all its textures, leaving bits of the previous work showing through, utilizing various instruments to bring texture and interest to the work, scraping the paint, letting the paint drip and puddle, and seeing where each new painting will take me. The paintings I create are interpreted in different ways by those who view them. I am always interested to hear their interpretation and often come to see possibilities that I had not seen before.”
Jerry Steffen Jr.
Steffen Jr. was born deaf (he reads lips) and is blind in his right eye. From 2000 – 2012 he worked as a vendor and sold his watercolor paintings to tourists at the Pike Place Market.
For over 40 years he spent a lot of time creating realistic paintings but then he had to stop because of surgery he had for a neck injury. He is still sad about needing to give up painting watercolors but later found a way to keep creating by making 3-dimensional paintings and masks.
He wanders around town and collects scrap boards and toilet seat paper covers to use for papier-mache’ in his artwork. He has created many scenes using this method. Almost every day he goes to local cafes and does his paper cutting which he turns into small artworks and posters and greeting cards.
“I need to create art as self-therapy. It helps me to stay calm and peaceful. I enjoy staying busy otherwise I would go crazy.”