Whether painting still lifes or landscapes, in oils or pastels, Asheville artist Susan Sinyai’s inspiration is light. In this interview, Susan talks about her development as an artist and how she is now passing on her love of painting to others, as a teacher in a studio in Asheville.
Susan is an award winning painter with a BFA from UNC Asheville. When she graduated from UNCA, she worked for ten years as a portrait artist. Susan shares her reasons for moving from portraiture to her light-filled landscapes and still lifes.
Susan also talks about her relatively new art form–creating glass sculptures for the garden, which in turn, have their own mesmerizing way with light.
To connect with Susan and see more examples of her work:
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- visit her website at https://www.susanmeyersinyai.com
Highlights of this interview include:
- discussion of a two-year collaborative mural project Susan worked on at UNCA after she had already graduated
- how a critique of an artist’s work can either help or harm
- ways in which Susan and other people she knows were NOT positively encouraged in their artistic endeavors
- and how those experiences have caused Susan to take a very different approach as a painting teacher
Local artists and resources mentioned during this episode:
- Tucker Cooke, now retired UNCA Art Professor
- Fleta Monahan, owner of 310 Art in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC (link takes you to her interview on Local Hearted Podcast!)
- Pam Granger Gale, owner of Majik Studios in Asheville, NC
- Beverly Kies
- The School of Athens collaborative mural at UNCA
Other examples of Susan’s work:
And Susan’s Latest Creations, her “Shiny, Happy Flowers”