There is a first innocence – a beauty that is young, unmarred, untested.
There is a second innocence – one in which the beauty is a result of the scars borne from the battles of life. I am interested in this second innocence.
I work the surface. I sand, layer, and scar, wanting to reproduce a piece that has a patina of age, and it is out of these surfaces that figures emerge. I seek figures, faces that seem to be familiar with the tensions of life. That bear some battle scars. And yet, have victory, even if a crippled or limping one.
Suzy Schultz has little formal art training, but was exposed to art at an early age through her mother, who is a painter. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Mathematics Education and taught high school for 4 1/2 years. Taking a leave of absence, she spent a year overseas in Poland. On returning, she did some part-time graphic design work for a local missions agency, and was eventually hired to help with their publications. There she was mentored and nurtured in her artistic talent, and encouraged to paint for illustrations used in the magazine. When her mentor and boss left to go on the mission field six years later, she was told she needed to leave her job and paint full time, which she did.
She has painted full-time since 1995, and has won many awards for her work. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Drawing, The Art of Watercolour and Watercolor Magic magazines. She has also had work published in art books by Rockport Publishers and International Artist Publishers, as well as Strokes of Genius 2, 3, 6, and 12 (Northlight Publishers), and Splash 13, Splash 21 and Splash 22 (F & W Media). Her work has been juried into many shows, including American Watercolor Society, The Philadelphia Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and Southern Watercolor Society. Her work has hung in shows at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA, the Albuquerque Museum, the Columbus Museum and the Marietta/Cobb Museum. She is an Art Renewal Center Salon 2018 and 2019 Finalist.
Most recently, Suzy has ventured into street art, taking the fine art of the studio outside, onto sides of buildings. Her murals can be seen in Atlanta, GA and St. Petersburg, FL.
Suzy lives, works and teaches in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work can be seen at Art on Broad, Augusta, GA; at Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, NC; at dk Gallery, Marietta, GA; and at ARTicles Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL.