Featured Cafe Artist’s of the Month
Suzan Gannett is a multi-media artist. She began as a watercolorist and has added Zen Doodling and Foam Printing to her repertoire. She is an author and illustrator of 15 different children’s books. Suzan is currently President of Artistic Roots in Plymouth. In addition to her wall art, she makes her own flame work beads which are incorporated into her one of a kind jewelry. All her work is on sale at Artistic Roots and on her website, www.suzangannettcreation.com.
Having grown up in Plymouth, my parents always encouraged us to dabble in the arts. Being able to play about in paint, glue, and other forms of liquid and elastic media was always a source of much enjoyment. An elementary school teacher for 23 years, when my husband and I retired, we moved to Wentworth where I began to really delve into what I could actually do with a little paint, paper, and imagination. Sketching in my own backyard was a beginning that led me to look around for more.
I have worked for several years under the well-known watercolor artist, Cheryl Johnson,from Campton, NH, and with Annette Mitchell, retired art professor from Plymouth State University, renowned for her paintings, prints, and self-designed quilts.I have been so fortunate to find such wonderfully patient, creative, and inspiring teachers!
As you will see, my subjects for paintings and prints often include subjects from nature: birds, ocean creatures, and local landscapes. As I continue to stretch my skills and identify what interests me, I am finding that through the use of looser renderings in paint I am better able to express what I am feeling whether with watercolors, acrylics, or other media. Please, look about, ask questions, and enjoy!
—Helen Boivin Downing