Susan Shoemaker

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Medium: Mixed Media

Artwalk 2018 Location: Historic Morris Avenue

A Birmingham native, I received my BFA from the University of Montevallo in 2000 with a double concentration in printmaking and sculpture (with painting not too far behind).  However, after leaving UM, I found myself as a printmaker without a press, and returned to my first love of drawing creating a studio called “pencilpress”.

Current works include graphite drawings, acrylic paint, and photo transfers on wood panel, canvas, and paper.  I prefer the wood panel as it can handle the several coats of under painting and several layers of drawing that I do to achieve the final look of a textural drawing.

Using animals as my primary subject matter can be tricky.  I try to find a balance between straightforward representation and having a sense of humor about myself and my work.  My goal is that the animals are well represented, funny when intended, and always portrayed in an interesting way.

Since 2011 I have exhibited at Moss Rock Festival, Avondale’s Holiday Craft Bazaar, Art on R Mountain (where I was awarded their third place best in show, the Maystein Founders Prize), ArtWalk,  and Magic City Art Connection.

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