Graduate Profile – Susan Hay
October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
Susan Hay, HSTA graduate, is a regular exhibitor in the Haliburton Arts Community. She is inspired by the tranquil, natural wilderness found by her Portage Lake cottage, and along the shorelines of Ontario . She is also well known in Huron County where her paintings are displayed in several spaces. If you haven’t had a chance to see her work, stop into the Ethel Curry Gallery before October 15th to see her solo show!
Since graduating, I have continued to paint mostly landscapes, implementing what I learned in the course. The most important lesson I took away from the HSTA VAF course was a three word message that Rod Prouse wrote on my easel support: “make it dynamic”. I have been emphasizing and simplifying shapes, exaggerating colours, modifying textures and building my own canvases.
When I got home after the VAF course, I summarized what I had learned on paper after looking through my sketchbooks and my notes and then wrote this in point form on my blackboard in my studio. I look at it from time to time to remind myself of various opportunities that I might have overlooked when creating a piece. I have worked steadily over the past couple of years to produce a large body of work from which I could choose the best pieces for my shows at the Blyth Centre for the Arts in August and also the Ethel Curry Gallery this fall. I have also been on the Tour de Forest for three years. I have applied for Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants and have gratefully received grants for each of my shows. I have been building my resume, keeping my website updated and looking for ways to “get my work out there”.
How do you choose the settings for your Haliburton landscape paintings? Do you have any favourite spots in the county?
I have a large file of photos that I have taken over the past 15 years in Haliburton while paddling a canoe with my husband or walking along cottage roads in the fall or visiting Ritchie Falls or the Wildwater Reserve in Minden.
I’d say work hard in your medium until you’ve got a significant body of work and then work hard on marketing and promotion. “Make hay while the sun shines!”