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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

SUSAN BEVAN

SUSAN BEVAN

Artist Work

Respite
2009
Soft Pastel, Mica & Oxide Powders WITH Acrylic Mediums
10"x 8"
Tea & Repose
2008
Soft Pastel, Mica & Oxide Powders WITH Acrylic Mediums
5"x 7"
Distingue
2008
Soft Pastel, Mica & Oxide Powders WITH Acrylic Mediums
10"x 8"
Cool and Limpid
2008
Soft Pastel, Mica & Oxide Powders WITH Arcylic Mediums
10"x 8"
Reflections on Antecendent Pie
2009
Soft Pastel, Mica & Oxide Powders AND Acrylic Mediums
8"x 6"
To Walk a Mile
2008
Soft Pastel, Mica & Oxide Powders WITH Acrylic Mediums
11"x 14"

Artist Information

County
Cecil County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I LOVE making, well... ...just about EVERYTHING! I always have! I went to vo-tech for commercial art in 10th grade, in the early 1970s. After finishing all my schooling, I worked as a commercial artist in Philadelphia. I left for what I thought would be a few years, to raise my kids &... ...you all KNOW what happened to the business! So, Everything Computer I’ve learned since, has been self taught. Most recently web design, and image animation. Though, hands on arts and crafting, for ME... ...is LIFETIME! I made the decision, if honest my health MADE me make a decision, about a year ago, to take some time JUST for Art. But, I had forgotten that the struggle to find a style & technique of my own, had never been settled in my heart & soul. After all, the last 20+ yrs were spent raising my four kids, staying married (LOL) & working. Which had left little time to paint. There were ALWAYS crafts and fun art going on. But there was no soul cleansing, solitary, spirit renewing ART. You know, just for ME! But I was quickly reminded! EVERY piece was taking more time to

Artist Bio

I LOVE making, well... ...just about EVERYTHING! I always have! I went to vo-tech for commercial art in 10th grade, in the early 1970s. After finishing all my schooling, I worked as a commercial artist in Philadelphia. Back then, computers were kept on a separate floor than the artists offices & were 6' tall with spinning things on the front!! We had no idea how they got our work in there, and we didn’t know we had to care!!! And WAY BACK then we thought there would never be need for an artist to type!! I left for what I thought would be a few years, to raise my kids &... ...you all KNOW what happened to the business! So, Everything Computer I’ve learned since, has been self taught. Most recently web design, and image animation. Though, hands on arts and crafting, for ME... ...is LIFETIME! Needless to say, I’ve been a starving artist/ bartender, (which I did LOVE too. Becoming known quite well in my tri-state area as “magic” the Bartender. Or, “TheMagicBartender”!) ever since. Other than a few years teaching crafting for Tandy Leather Company, until they closed their store. And teaching/demonstrating/hosting art & craft parties privately now and then, I haven’t been able to do something creative for a living since I had my kids. Just a little here and there but, not enough to pay the bills. It IS my dream someday though!! I would say, in a nut shell... ... I’m a Bartender, Artist, Crafter, Scientist, Naturalist, Herbalist, Biker, All-American WOMEN. Who is into: Family, Friends, My Car, Vintage Classic, & Hand Crafted. If not for my Greatest & most WONDROUS & Important Masterpiece, My Family, I swear, I could JUST create, create, create!!! I LOVE to work with ALL sorts of stuff, finding uses & way to use things that others haven’t considered, rocks my world! I don’t like “machines” for my art & crafting. Mainly because, they don’t like ME! So everything I sew is by hand, etc.. Needle crafts are also, I would say not in my expertise. But, other than the limitations I can sometimes run into w/ that attitude... I’ll try ANYTHING once... Twice if I LIKE IT! I’ve been married almost 30 yrs., to my VERY Best Friend, who is “Motor Head” thru & thru! He worked for a Harley Davidson Dealership in Pennsylvania for a time, before his current position as a mechanic for the USPS. For the past 40yrs., the he has bought & sold Harley-Davidson, and Norton Motorcycles, and all types of classic cars & trucks all over the world. And is quite respected in that community for his knowledge & skills, as his hobby. We have 4 kids, 21-29 yrs old, who have really great “Significant Others”, who I LOVE like my Own! There are 3 Grandkids, 4-7yrs. old. And My SPECIAL Babies, “Gizmo’, a Japanese Chin. And “Heaven” a King Charles”, who are rescued dos, that we adore. And then there’s the ONLY machine that’s EVER LOVED Me, a Butt Kickin’, Bright RED, ‘64 Pontiac Lemans Convertible, that feels like family to me. I made the decision, if honest my health MADE me make a decision, about a year ago, to take some time JUST for Art. At the time, I felt like it was a no brainer! I mean come ON what could be Greater? I had been making, and selling my