An Interview with Susan Grissom


After being lucky enough to be interviewed by Kakfa I have in turn opted to share the love and have asked Susan Grissom her thoughts on her work, creativity and motivation.

Her revelations are very interesting but then again so is her work.

Can you remember when it was that you first realized that being creative and making art was going to be a large part of your life?

Yes I was running a Restaurant in Manhattan and was tired of it and began studying Restoration Arts. It was very free flowing, I fell in love with it. I learned marbling, faux woodgraining, trompe l’oeil, venetian plaster, stenciling,etc.. I loved it and dreamed of doing it on canvas instead of just walls and furniture, Luckily the clients I had let me experiment on them.

I love your abstract work in both painting and printmaking. What has inspired you to create your art in this style and these media?

*I love strong color and pattern, particularly primitive and playful markings, I like to paint fast and not labor over things. I am often amazed what shows up on paper or canvas that was not like I had planned in my head. I find the influences I have been attracted to sometimes show up in work, justified away in my brain I suppose, I like Turner, Cy.Twombly, Joan Mitchell and Rauschenberg. When I lived in Italy and worked on the Spannocchia Estate Restoration there was an artist who had rented a farmhouse near by and I would drop by for an expresso some afternoons and watch him work on enormous scale paintings with oil sticks and attacking his canvas wildly, he was an inspiration to me to just paint and not think about it, later I found out more about him.
Michael Goldberg..

Finally the art on redbubble is diverse, do you gain inspiration from others work and how have you progressed in your own work due to this? Could you show us examples of this with others works.

There is so many works of art on RB it is hard to choose from. I am one of the Moderators of Architectural Photography group and I am always blown away at the quality on work on there, too many to name. I am always inspired by you and your amazing energy Marilyn, as well as Shylie Edwards, Mare, JK York, Avalyn, Helen Bascom, and a very dear friend Martin Derksema, these people have inspired me and supported me in my work with their comments and friendship, and most of all their work and dedication to their craft.

As well as:

Maria Mann’s work, she walks around Paris and captures its textures and patina

BUT I COULD NOT SLEEP, An ancient Estonian castle, from the 12th century, and a ghost of a figure. Imagination vies for its place in history.

John Douglas’ work is wonderful and fun, he is one of my dearest friends and I was inspired by him to try gouache and the color pink after seeing his delightful Bordello series.

My Friend’s Bordello 9, Synthetic polymer paint on paper. Series in the tradition of bordello art. A painting within a painting. The art on the wall of the backroom, and the couch. The room for workers to relax and unwind between jobs.
slideshow My Friend’s Bordello.

Kafka and his work are delightful, and I consider him a very dear friend. I love his work and the blue he works in always delights, also I love what he does with water.

Wave #3, Acrylic on canvas 48” x 36”

Victor’s aerial photography and his paintings are amazing, but Waterflock is my favorite.

waterbird flock, Aerial view of a flock of waterbirds over lake Corangamite.

Shayne’s beautiful work, so explosive and magnificent no matter what he does.

I Am a Destroyer of Worlds 4

I am leaving out too many people but I am always inspired here at the Bubble

Thank you Susan so much for your time, your insights are fantastic and it is great to know that running a restaurant in Manhattan was a catalyst for the work we see you doing today!

An Interview with Susan Grissom

Marilyn Brown

Joined May 2007

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An interview with the fantastic abstract artist Susan Grissom.

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