Cape Porpoise Sunflower Naples Lily Dahlia Bell Jar Bouquet Camden Boat
After the Storm Malta Boats White Boat Water Lilies Iris Still Life with Fruit

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Susan Sheinwald Most

suemost@maine.rr.com

2 Cypress Creek Road
Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064

207-934-2338

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Artist Statement

Maine offers an exciting array of wonderful harbors and vessels with interesting forms. I feel blessed to live close to the ocean and many places that provide continually changing sources of inspiration. My husband and adult children grow most of the flowers that appear in my work, which makes me feel very connected to my family and the legacy of my grandmother whose oil paintings thickly laden with vibrant colors initiated my love of art.

Mixing paint is soothing and fascinating. The fluidity of acrylics makes it possible to experiment with a few drops of paint to create beautiful variations of color. Pastels encourage continual adaptation and enhancement, allowing a buildup of layers of pigment to keep changing the image until it expresses what I see.

I am particularly interested in exploring the inside and outside of forms, including boats and tubular blossoms, such as the arc made in the curve of an iris or a lily. I find these defined shapes particularly interesting and feel compelled to grab pastels or paints to record their unique shapes.

About the Artist

Susan Most was a writer, editor, and public relations professional for 25 years before deciding to seriously pursue a lifelong desire to paint. For the past 10 years, she has focused on working with acrylics and pastels, now a second career.

Solo exhibitions:
University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford, Maine; June 2012
Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Healing Arts Program, Providence, R.I.; Feb. 2009
Old Orchard Beach Town Hall, Saco Bay Artists, 2009
Toby Rosenberg Gallery, Portland, Maine; Oct. 2007

Juried exhibitions:
Aucocisco Gallery, Union of Maine Visual Artists Invitational, Portland, Maine; Feb./March 2012
River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk, ?Maine Scene? exhibit, July 2008
Saco Bay Artists, Seaside Art show, July 2008

Group exhibitions:
Art in the Park, South Portland; August 2009, 2010, 2012
Prouts Neck Art Show, Scarborough; July 2009, 2010, August 2011, 2012
Saco Bay Artists summer show, Library lawn, Ocean Park; Sept 2008, 2009, 2010, August 2011
Pastel Painters of Maine member exhibit at River Tree Arts, November 2008
Casco Bay Frames and Gallery, Forest Avenue in Portland, November 2008-February 2009.

Awards: First Place, Saco Bay Artists Show, August 2011
Member: Pastel Painters of Maine, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Saco Bay Artists.