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November Spotlight: Sue Buenger

November 1, 2017




Sue Buenger lives in Oak Park and is a new OPAL Artist Member, though she has been creating art her whole life. This particular series she is sharing here was created between 2006 and 2016 and consists primarily of acrylic paintings with a few that are mixed media.


Share a little about yourself, your ideas, and process. How did you approach your work? What motivates you as an artist? Are your passions or interests reflected in your work? 


When working on “Children of Earth, I went back to my painting roots, when I was primarily self taught and painted from my heart in the Impressionist style. Some of the paintings that I created in “Children of Earth” started as rough sketches/double exposures made in Photoshop. Sometimes I painted while looking at two separate images. I always worked from black and white references. Then as now, I wanted my paintings to suggest the idea that we are connected to our environment. I hope that viewing my artwork triggers an emotional response.


Describe the work you will be sharing in this exhibit. Is it a new series? Are you exploring a medium, theme or subject? Do you have a title for this body of work? 

"Children of Earth" is a series I completed about 1 1/2 years ago. It is important to me because although I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, I finally found my voice with this series. My style has evolved since it's completion, but this is where the underlying theme for much of my work was developed. I have always been drawn to the human figure and details from nature. In this series, I began to blend the imagery that is important to me and in doing so I realized that our connection to earth is what moves me the most.

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