Inspiration in the Studio

Artisan Spotlight:: Susan Hecht

Our Artisan Spotlight today is on a dear friend of Southern Studio, Susan B. Hecht. By far, Susan is one of the most beautiful souls, both inside and out. Her work has appeared in many of our projects and it’s the art that adds that special layer of depth to our designs. Enjoy our Q+A and learn a bit more…

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue your artistic dream?

I was always creative as a child, drawing, dancing, etc…. whatever my muse was at the time. I didn’t actually start painting until my kids were little. Once I started though, I was hooked and never plan to stop.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I credit my perspective in painting with growing up in a military family. I was always moving, with new fresh places to explore and continually having to find a sense of home where ever I landed. I think this is why I like to paint a variety of things, although it is not so much about the subject itself. I’m intrigued by the relationships; between light and shadow, object and edge, movement and stillness and between the subject and the whole.

I want to give my art a different interpretation. I look at my subject as a way to show an unusual perspective, line and/or lighting. I like to bring the beauty of the everyday; the things we share between us, whether they evoke a certain memory or mood, or suggests a detail that can often go unnoticed. Creating this visual experience for the viewer is really my inspiration. 

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences of course, are the master painters Sargent, Sorolla, VanGogh and Pierre Bonnard. However there is so much inspiration to be found in modern day masters who’s work is around us everyday.

What’s your favorite medium/material to work with and why?

I work primarily in oils because I love the buttery quality and the sometimes surprising things that happen with them. However, I love to occasionally play with cold wax medium and use different tools to make interesting marks.

Describe your creative process.

I have a very fluid and organic approach to my work. However, I begin every painting with a written intention, prayer or affirmation of some sort. I feel that sets the tone and energy of the painting…and painter! If you look closely at the finished piece, you can sometimes see a bit of it peeking through.

What current trend are you following?

Trends? I try not to follow them unless they really spark something in me. I honestly believe that art comes from within and what works best for me is to just “do me” and to stay true to who I am.

What is your proudest accomplishment as an artisan?

My proudest accomplishment, so far, is I was accepted into a residency in France this year. I’m very excited about it, and a wee bit terrified. But, as they say, fear is essential to growth so I’m ready!

Thanks for sharing with us, Susan!  xo