I like to work with any subject, though most of my art involves figures, portraits, and still life. I like pastels because of their vibrant colours and the variety of strokes that can be made. I experiment a lot with colour and mark making. Other mediums I work with are graphite, charcoal, ink, scratchboard, coloured pencil, and acrylic and oil paints. I pretty much try out anything that seems interesting to me. I find that working with various mediums enhances my art overall since I can translate what I learn in one medium to another. However, pastel remains my favourite medium.
Susan T. Fisher
The goal of my paintings is to lead the viewer into my world of nature thru abstracted images. I paint because I love the process. From color, composition, line, form and intuition. I approach my work with passion and creative choices.
Landscapes, birds and animals are my current subject matter. As I paint I commune and connect with nature. In the beginning I draw what I see and it becomes what I feel.
During painting I transform familiar objects, representing them just enough for the viewer to make their own meaning from my abstraction while allowing the viewer to take time to appreciate and to personally assess.
Currently working in water color and pastels on archival papers I continue to explore new means of creative expression through all available mediums, materials and tools. I loved to camp while growing up in Seattle. The trees, the
mountains and water inspired my earliest drawings as they do today.
Living in Tucson has added cactus, rocks, skies and desert brushes to my landscapes. I have found freedom while painting. During the process of creating art my mind and body connect. For me painting is pure pleasure.
Nancy was a doodler from an early age growing up along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where her awareness and curiosity drew her to enjoying nature. She also loved to finger paint and create “masterpieces” with crayons. Later her mother taught her to paint using Japanese techniques as well as sending her to art classes.
Fine art was introduced to Nancy by her mother who loved the works of Rembrandt and Monet and gave her every opportunity to visit museums and art gallaries during the family travels. Nancy’s first recollection of fine art, at the age of ten, was at the Art Institute of Chicago where she was fascinated by the work of Georges Serat and wondered how anyone “could have the patience to make all those dots”. As she matured, she found the work of the Impressionists,
Robert Bateman and Steve Hanks fascinating and beautiful.
She continued her love of drawing and art as a hobby. However, her career was in Science Education where she worked with middle schoolers imparting her love of the natural world.
Nancy has traveled with her husband, Jim, to many locations including Africa, Japan, Central and South America and Europe where she experienced the beauty and culture of many environments and civilizations.
All the locales which she has visited have influenced her work by demonstrating to her the importance to observe the world around us including contrasts, shadows and small nuances in color. Nancy wants you to admire and
appreciate the grandeur of nature through her use of color, light and value in her painting.
Nancy currently lives in Green Valley, Arizona creating works in pastel, oil, watercolor and graphite. In addition to her membership in TPS, Nancy is the current President of Santa Rita Art League in Green Valley.
My lifelong love of travel and the beauty of nature has fit well with my interest in painting that developed after I retired. I had dabbled a little in art work and oils years ago but didn’t keep at it. We lived most of our life in the Redwood Empire and the wild northern Pacific Coast before moving to the Sonoran Desert twenty-four years ago. In Tucson I registered for an OASIS adult education class in pastels in 2005 and enjoyed it. (Cheryl Bullard was in that class which was taught by artists Peg Allen and the late Dale Allen.) I kept on weekly for five years when the class ended. I love the vivid colors of pastels and the many choices of papers and sticks—lots to experiment with! Fortunately I found the Tucson Pastel Society starting to hold meetings at the Jewish Community Center.
As an amateur hobbyist I use my photos as reference. Since my husband had worked as a naturalist I was used to looking at flora and fauna in great detail—something of a hindrance for trying to be impressionistic. Landscapes and flowers are my favorite subjects and I enjoy painting old buildings and historic sites as well. Taking a plein air class with Meredith trained me to speed up and paint on site to “catch the light”. But I need to practice more and more and forgo other hobbies and interests.
We enjoy driving to Albuquerque to attend the IAPS conference every other year, meeting artists from all over the world, seeing their works, and taking classes. The TPS has been a treasure trove of information and opportunity for us artists and has been an impetus for me to continue painting and try to improve my ability.