Berry Artist of the Week – SUZANNE PEREZ

How long have you been an artist?

I started drawing as a young child and painted as a teenager, however I took a long hiatus from my art with marriage and raising children. I have only really gotten back into my art 4 years ago.

How did you get involved?

I got involved again by that amazing thing called YouTube. With so many wonderful artists and teachers, it really inspired me.

Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions? If so which ones

I have only entered one exhibition with the Castle Hill Art Society at the Orange Blossom Festival that is run annually.

What do you love about art? What is your motivation?

I find art a form of relaxation. From its very inception, to getting the drawing ready and finally building up the paint and varnishing. I can be motivated simply by seeing someone else’s art.

How would you describe your style?

I describe my style as Realism, I just love capturing the beauty, be it flowers, the ocean, animals or birds.

Who/what are your influences?

My initial influence was Queensland Pastel artist, Lyn Diefenbach. I love her style and her florals. Lyn is the artist who inspired me to use the wonderful medium of Pastel.

What are some of your favourite personal works?

My favourites are usually my florals, as an avid gardener I can’t resist painting them.

See link to portfolio here

What is your creative process?

My creative process is first finding that ultimate reference photo that just tells me it has to be painted. There are many sites online where reference photos can be accessed for free and I have also been known to email a photographer to get permission to use their photograph, which they so generously give. Usually a picture that has great lights and shadows really appeals to me as well as great colour.

What are your goals?

My goals are to become proficient using different mediums. I have now ventured into acrylics and have tried oil painting as well as watercolour. I also want to get more adventurous in entering competitions and exhibitions.


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