“Anyone can pick up a brush. Not everyone can transport you with it.”
We saw that quote about Australian painter Susan Schmidt’s work, immediately liked it, and then realized we wrote it.
There’s something really special about Schmidt’s painting style. It’s as if Edward Hopper put on some flip-flops, visited Down Under, and decided to paint with pop colors.
Within every painting there’s a jab of ash-can reality, followed by bright bursts of hope and possibility.
We own a Susan Schmidt original, and wanted to introduce all our readers to this fantastic painter based in Noosa Heads, Australia.
This month Susan has been kind enough to offer a limited edition Giclee reproduction of her piece “Surf Shack.”
Only 250 unframed prints have been made, printed with Canon Lucia EX Pigment Inks on Sihl Masterclass Cotton Rag Paper.
If you collect affordable art, enjoy Australian culture, or look forward to your next day at the beach, this is a great signed and numbered print for your home, office, or weekend retreat.
Size: A 33cm x 50cm image (approx. 13″ x 20″) on unframed paper measuring 39cm x 56cm (approx. 15” x 22”)
Pricing: US$145 / AU$200
Shipping Information: A flat rate of US$18 / AU$25, worldwide
About Susan Schmidt:
Susan Schmidt is a fine arts painter and graphic designer making the transition from award-winning illustrator to fine artist painting at an easel while raising a young family.
Since 1998 Susan has successfully exhibited her works nationally and internationally in solo and selected exhibitions including “The Chelsea International Fine Art Collective Exhibition” 2012; “The Story of the Creative” and “Creatives Rising” 2013 and “Take Over Times Square” 2014 in New York; “The Asia Contemporary Art Show” 2012 and 2013 in Hong Kong; SCOPE see.me; “Art Takes Miami” 2013; Contemporary Istanbul 2014; Art San Diego 2015; and Singapore Contemporary 2016.
Her works are represented in public and private collections worldwide.
“My belief in the connectedness of all life, responsibility for the natural environment and concern for sustainable living is the underpinning of my work.
My continuing ‘Seaburbia’ series explores the cultural memory and heritage of the quintessential Australian beach house and the value of a more simple way of life.
Composed from my own photographs, referencing memories and reminiscing retro colour I am documenting the essence of coastal living lost to time and development.
Painted in acrylic and oil, patterned, layered, sanded and glazed, recalling the erosion of matter over time and the exquisite residues of nostalgia and decay.
The works are Contemporary Realism punctuated with subtle abstract elements and surprises.”