About Susie Barret

Susie Barrett

I have always loved painting and visiting Hawaii in 2014 changed my life. While walking down the streets of Honolulu, a friend looked in a store window and commented he liked a painting. I do not know what possessed me, but I replied, ‘I can do that.’ He wasn’t convinced. It was actually a crazy statement as I had no formal art training since my days of high school art class. When I returned home, I picked up a paint brush for the first time in 20 years and painted him my version of the piece as a gift. After that, there was no turning back. Paintings began pouring out of me in what I have come to call my tropical, stained-glass style. I have since branched out with other abstract series. Some incorporate beach sand from my travels. Others explore geometric shape and pattern. I find great joy in transmuting canvas and paint into original works of art. I work in oil over acrylic and textured acrylics on canvas. My pieces are playful and fun, and serve as a reminder to enjoy the beauty of this gift we call life.

I was invited to exhibit my work in Charleston October 2016. I had never been to the area and immediately fell in love with the Lowcountry. By February of 2017, I had quit my day job in Louisiana and relocated to Mount Pleasant to pursue my passion with the art industry and live by the beach. I am in heaven and enjoying exploring my new home.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Vitamin Sea: Salt Water and Sunshine, North Charleston City Gallery, N. Charleston, SC
2016 Vitamin Sea: Salt Water and Sunshine, Central Iowa Art Association, Marshalltown, Iowa
2016 Coffee & Color: A Collection of Abstracts, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport, LA
2016 Vitamin Sea: Salt Water and Sunshine, Origins Bank, Shreveport, LA
2015 Art in the Window, Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marshall, TX
2015 Texture and Tropics, Marshall Visual Art Center, Marshall, TX
2015 Color of Paradise, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport, LA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Local Savages, Noble Savage, Shreveport, LA
2016 Critical Mass 4, Artspace, Shreveport, LA
2016 The Art of As Is by Nick Cave, Shreveport, LA
2016 BLOOM, R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, LA
2015 Philadelphia Center’s 26th Annual Auction Against Aids
2015 Artport I Flying Colours, Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, LA
2015 Critical Mass 3, Artspace, Shreveport, LA

AWARDS

2016 City of Shreveport Grant Recipient, Shreveport Regional Arts Council

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