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Susan Lindström

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Susan Lindström

Susan Lindström was born in 1958 and lives in north-west Sweden in a small village called Storjola. It lies in a mountain valley at the end of the road and the view from her studio is magnificent, extending across lakes, forests and fells. Here she paints full-time and runs her company “Susan Lindström Art”. Susan spent 3 years at various arts -and craft training establishments. Her final choice of career was to be an art teacher and she studied for 3 years at the University between 1979-1982. During this time Susan painted large commissioned dry pastel portraits and also obtained a commission to illustrate Selma Lagerlöf’s ”Gösta Berling’s Saga” with 20 watercolours of the Torsby Estate in Värmland. Susan then worked as an art teacher for 20 years. She studied History of Art at the university and worked on a senior school’s painting- and form program, where she taught painting materials and art/cultural history. Susan has had a number of exhibitions through various art associations and private galleries. She exhibited most recently at Virsbo art gallery, which showed “International Art/Landscape Subjects” with artists from all over the world. Landscape painting is Susan’s great passion and the technique in which she works most is oil pastel chalks. She loves the technique with its powerful expressiveness, and she rubs, scrapes and scratches the layers of colour to create different effects. Susan makes her “fire paintings” with oil colours. The subjects are taken from the environment around Susan, and her eye is caught both by the dramatic and the tranquil moment, in its entirety and in detail. There is often something of a darker tone in her paintings; a bit mysterious and melancholy. Susan likes to work with contrasts between light and shade, cold and warmth, the joyful and the blue. And not least the romantic way of seeing. Susan is also is keen to pursue the question of the negative effects that forestry, development of hydroelectric power and exploitation of unspoiled natural areas that are worth protecting can bring about. Susan is worried about the short-term thinking that does not see values in nature other than the economic ones and she wants to put forward the philosophical pantheistic view of Nature where there is an inherent spiritual energy in every little thing around us. An energy that we humans should feel so much better for being able to appreciate and carry it forward into the future.

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