About the Artist:
San Diego native, Susan Salazar is an awarded CPSA, CPX Colored Pencil Artist. She is a member of Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and past member of the local District Chapter 202 (DC 202), where she served as Vice-President 2007-2008 of the local, DC 202. In January, 2017, Susan became a member of the Los Angeles District Chapter 214 (DC 214).
On February 1, 2014, Susan received CPX Signature Status from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
In 2015, Susan's artwork titled "Zoey" was accepted and published in Ann Kullberg's CP instructional publication, Cats & Dogs. In addition, her art work was accepted in the CP Hidden Treasures Volume 3, CP Hidden Treasures Volume 5 and CP Hidden Treasures Volume 6 by Ann Kullberg.
On July 15, 2020, Susan received CPSA Signature Status from the Colored Pencil Society of America CPSA).
Susan is a resident artist of the Art District at Liberty Station. She moved into her new studio on December 1, 2017. The studio is located on Historic Decatur, Barracks 19, Studio 207.
Art permeates every aspect of the artist's life; she continually works at developing her career in art, seeking to refine her natural art talent, by studying with several instructors: Marilyn Grame, Linda Doll, Drew Banish, Debra Babylon, Diane Weintraub and Maidie Weisbarth, and workshop instructors, Thia Nevius, Nita Leland, Karen Rhiner, Monique Passicot and John Smolko. Susan's work has shown locally, nationally and internationally. Many of her works are in private and corporate collections in the United States.
Art Mediums: colored pencil, graphite, gouache, pastels, watercolor and instant coffee.
Susan Salazar seeks to capture the very essence of beautiful, treasured moments in life, a universal understanding and representation of shared experiences in family, society and in nature. The emotional connection is made through constructed portraits-both representational and metaphorical narratives. The artist invites the viewer to partake in the universal language of love, friendship, compassion, joy and humor; dialogue between artist and viewer becomes interwoven and interchangeable. Joy and passion drive her work; each piece represents her internal, personal journey that assists in capturing the emotion(s) portrayed. The artist is further driven to embody the perfect line, unity of color, and inspiring subject, to create opportunity for an emotive exchange of past and present lives through art. Susan's work is ever evolving into a complex mixture of "home" and "remembrance" personified.
Native San Diegan - Birthplace: North Island Naval Base.
Mother of three children, two daughters and a son; grandmother of six grandsons; and great-grandmother of two great-grandchildren
My love of art and drawing has continued throughout my entire life. I have been able to utilize my art ability in all the different career paths I have taken.