Suzanne Oliver

Suzanne Oliver

Painter Suzanne Oliver has an artist account on the National Arts Program® website, was awarded Second Place in the intermediate category at the State of Delaware NAP show this year and was also chosen as one of our weekly featured artists. Suzanne has certainly taken advantage of all that the National Arts Program Foundation has to offer and we applaud her for sharing her beautiful paintings with the public. Her canvases, which are very graphic in nature, truly stand out from the crowd due to her vibrant color choices and bold design elements. We asked Suzanne a series of questions to help us learn a bit more about her background and her interest in the arts.

  1. What first sparked your interest art?
    1. My father was an artist so I was exposed to the arts at an early age.
  2. What type of art have you created recently?
    1. Primarily oil painting. I like to work with a lot of color and design patterns. I usually start with a photo as a guide and transfer into something more colorful, rhythmic.
  3. What is your favorite medium?
    1. Oils which I now make my own. One of my struggles since I recently got back into painting was working with all the toxic chemicals because I am very chemical sensitive.  In the last few years through a lot of research, trial, and error I have learned to make my own paints and mediums including washing my own (food grade) walnut oil. When I started it was challenging because good information on this topic was hard to find. There is much more available online today.
  4. How did you discover your artistic talents?
    1. In elementary school I seemed to be more advanced in drawing then my classmates so I thought I had some talent. I was much more involved in art when I was younger (through my 20’s) with painting and drawing but then took a long break. I think I just got burned out always wanting perfection! In the last few years I have returned to painting with a focus on the enjoyment of painting rather than trying to paint a master piece!
  5. Are you planning to further your art education in the future?
    1. I continue to learn outside my day job through local classes and online.
  6. Who is your favorite artist? And why?
    1. When I was younger it was Rembrandt. I loved the detail and the dramatic lighting. In my late teens I fell in love with Picasso which taught me how to use more of my imagination and loosen up my style. Picasso was probably my biggest influence because I love working with shapes, patterns, and colors. Today I don’t have one artist in particular; I love all mediums and styles.
  7. What was the last art exhibit you visited or took part in? What encouraged you to visit / participate?
    1. I entered a painting in the State of Delaware Employee art show. I was feeling a bit unsure about my work with just recently getting back into painting but won second place!
  8. What prompted you to upload your artwork to the NAP online artist gallery?
    1. A link was e-mailed to me as part of the Delaware exhibit. It was easy to use and I had no other online presence.
  9. Do you have any other online galleries where you display your artwork?  If so, how does the NAP’s compare to these?
    1. No others at this time. I found NAP very easy to use and it was free!
  10. How does it feel to be chosen as a ‘Featured Artist’? Has it inspired you to create or upload any additional art?
    1. I was very honored to be selected. It just adds to my confidence to continue my work.
    2. I am also in the process of uploading some more work!
  11. Is there anything else you would like people to know?
    1. I took about a 20 year break from art. Maybe dabbling a little during that time but nothing serious. Now I am working on rebuilding my skill and portfolio. My recommendation to anyone who has put their talent aside for whatever reason is to not step away too long. Stay involved because the years go quickly and it is something to treasure especially later in life!