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Susan J. Harris, born in Bristol, Virginia in 1952, has been a resident of North Carolina since 1971 and calls North Carolina home. She is currently based out of the Greater Piedmont area where she resides with her husband, John, and close to their two grown children. After years of working in the corporate world, raising and home-educating her two children and caring for elderly parents, in 2004 Susan decided it was time to pursue her childhood dream and began painting full-time. She has had eight years of art education consisting of five years of formal training and three years of private instruction and mentorship under a professional artist. She continues her art study as opportunity permits. Susan’s art education and working with multi-media over the years has provided her with a broad spectrum of understanding and appreciation for all aspects of art. She has produced art in numerous mediums, served on judge’s panels for multi-grade art fairs and juried fine art exhibitions. Although she has especially enjoyed working in stained glass, sculpture and pottery in the past, her preference is abstract expressionism in acrylic mixed media.
Susan has exhibited in national juried shows in galleries and museums across the state. Her work has been selected and published in international art books and she maintains gallery representation. Her fine art is in private and commercial collections throughout the US and Canada.
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Art has always played an important part in every season and aspect of Susan’s life. For her, art is the expression of emotion and the inner self. Her work is beautifully indicative of an individual journey and an exploration of identity. She begins each piece with a single concept, often a simple observation of nature—the striking color of a sunset, the labyrinthian texture of a leaf. That concept then evolves, layer by layer, into a larger exploration of mood and emotion with the purpose of evoking the viewer’s own interpretation. Each painting is a search, a journey, an experiment. She loves what she paints and she paints what she loves.
In 2011, Susan noticed circles of various sizes and colors seemed to have found their way onto many of her canvases. She took an introspective look to analyze why these circles kept appearing and concluded that painting from the heart does, indeed, have a tendency to reveal who she really is—as an individual and as an artist. For Susan, circles represent a promise of commitment and truth—top priorities on her list of important characteristics to exemplify in life. Each painting she creates now incorporates at least one circle—maybe more. They may be in the painting itself or on an outer edge, pronounced or subtly embedded. The circles symbolize her promise to art collectors that she has stayed true to her commitment to paint from the heart and made every effort to produce the highest quality of art she is able to achieve.
All Rights to all my paintings, photographs and writing have a Copyright and no part may be used without my written consent. Susan J. Harris
March 2011 SOUND OF CANVAS, Juried Musical Themed Art Exhibit, Underground Theatre Gallery at Community Arts Café, Winston-Salem, NC
PUBLICATIONS AND RECOGNITION:
— BEST OF THE BEST ARTIST, pp 110 & 111, 2012
— INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF ARTISTS, pg155, 2011
— BEST OF WORLDWIDE MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS Vol. 1, pp77 & 78, NOV. 2010
— Featured Artist, Heart of Living Gallery at The Chamber, Greensboro, NC, OCT. 2009
— Artist of the Month, Juried Online Arts Festival, APRIL 2007
— CIRCA GALLERY, Asheboro, NC
— GALLERY OF ART AT THE CHAMBER, Greensboro, NC
— AUBREY HOME, Greensboro, NC
— UPSTAIRS GALLERY, Greensboro, NC (Past)
— HEART OF LIVING HOME GALLERY, Greensboro, NC (Past)
— GALLERY OF THE ARTS, Winston-Salem, NC (Past)
2011 JUL— EYE OF THE ARTIST, Welborn Gallery, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville, NC
2010 APR— DIMENSIONS 2010, National Juried Exhibit, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2008 JAN— 4TH ANNUAL ART W/HEART EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE, Juried Competition, Charlotte, NC
2007 SEP— 6TH ANNUAL SCHWA SHOW, National Juried Exhibit, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC
2010 SEP-DEC — Center Pointe, Greensboro, NC
2010 JAN-JUN — Center Pointe Main Foyer, Greensboro, NC
2009 DEC-2010 JAN — Featured Solo Artist, Center Pointe Penthouse Grand Opening, Greensboro, NC
2012 JAN-PRESENT—GROUP EXHIBIT, Gallery of Art at the Chamber, Greensboro, NC
2011 MAY-OCT—STATE OF THE ART/ART OF THE STATE, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
2011 JAN-MAR—UNDERGROUND ABSTRACTS, Underground Theatre Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2011 JAN-FEB—100 AND GROWING, Circa Gallery, Asheboro, NC
2011 JAN-DEC—GROUP EXHIBIT, Gallery of Art at the Chamber, Greensboro, NC
2010 NOV—2ND ANNUAL PRE-HOLIDAY ART Exhibit, Heart of Living Home Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2010 JUN-PRESENT—GROUP EXHIBIT, Gallery of Art at the Chamber, Greensboro, NC
2010 MAY—SPRING HOME SHOW Exhibit, Heart of Living Home Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2010 APR—FOR EVERYTHING A SEASON, Southridge Gallery, Jamestown, NC
2010 APR—A GREATER VISION FOR AUTISM, Autism Benefit, Mitchell & Bartlett, Greensboro, NC
2009 NOV—PRE-HOLIDAY ART SHOW, Heart of Living Home Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2009 SEP-JAN 2010—GROUP EXHIBIT, Gallery of Art at the Chamber, Greensboro, NC
2009 JUL-AUG—WIDE OPEN, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston Salem, NC
2008 FEB—8TH ANNUAL ART WITH HEART AUCTION, Charlotte, NC
2007 SEP-OCT—MIRACLES: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, The Upstairs Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2006 APR-MAY—THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE, The Upstairs Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2012 JAN—Cone Health Cancer Center, Greensboro, NC (eight paintings)