LH025: Susan Sinyai – Light-Inspired Landscape and Still Life Paintings

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.

Asheville Artist Susan Sinyai
Asheville Artist Susan Sinyai

To connect with Susan and see more examples of her work:

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:

Other examples of Susan’s work:

"Winter's Offering" by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
“Winter’s Offering” by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
"Gloaming on the Marsh" by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
“Gloaming on the Marsh” by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
"Stormy Sea" by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
“Stormy Sea” by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
"Flowers in the Window" by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
“Flowers in the Window” by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
"Aspen Gold" by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
“Aspen Gold” by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai

And Susan’s Latest Creations, her “Shiny, Happy Flowers”

Shiny Happy Flower glass sculpture by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
Shiny Happy Flower glass sculpture by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
Shiny Happy Flower glass sculpture by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai
Shiny Happy Flower glass sculpture by Asheville artist Susan Sinyai