© 2018 by Susan Hellewell 

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Artist's Statement

Although not formally trained as a painter, I have enjoyed painting for relaxation and visual pleasure since childhood. My paintings are made with dilute acrylic paint on canvas and reflect a transparency and dance like quality usually achieved with watercolor. 

 

In the early 1980s I became fascinated with Chinese calligraphy and carefully practiced brushstroke techniques.  Earlier abstract pattern paintings were more in the color field tradition, building up layers of individual brush strokes resulting optical illusions as I endeavored to improve my technique. 

 

My recent paintings represent a continued effort to develop more literal images, incorporating dancers, flowers, and landscapes.