Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
36 " h x 48 " w x 1.5 " d |7 lbs. 0 oz.
In Amsterdam, artist Susan Walker says she found one of the oldest cafes in the city - a former liquor distillery - to enjoy pub fare with her family. "An absolute stunner for people-watching from the outdoor terrace!" she remembers. A soft blue sky reflects off of the many details in the scene, first drawing the eye to the lush trees and then the flowing water in the canal and stunning architecture.
Artist Susan Walker began her art career at UC Davis under the mentorship of famed painter Wayne Thiebaud. He told her, "The goal of painting is to give the surface a life-force, not just the appearance of the thing." With this idea deeply ingrained in her creative process, Susan paints captivating snapshots from her life that radiate energy and a touch of mystery. Her tightly cropped compositions are highly suggestive, playing up simple elements in the image and giving the viewer plenty of room to fill in the details beyond the edges of the canvas. Susan works in a tiny cottage surrounded by greenery on her property in Issaquah, Washington. When not in the studio, Susan says she loves spending time with her large family and playing tennis, which "offers unique opportunities to apply the same sense of geometry I utilize in my artwork." Her paintings have been exhibited widely throughout the Pacific Northwest and are held in corporate and private collections across the United States.