Susan E Drey
I have always loved drawing – the feel of the pencil on the paper - the gesture of making a mark. The quality of line is fundamental to my work, and where my emotion towards the subject is most expressed. I try to allow the viewer to see a part of my creative process through my vivid lines, which often take on a life of their own, as I work my way to the final composition.
I have gradually moved away from any learned technique as it seems to be a distraction from my relationship to the subject. I search for the essence, the innate structure, beauty and character of everything I paint.
My passion for art began at the early age of five when I took classes at the Des Moines Iowa art center. Although, when it came to my career, I followed in my Dad’s footsteps, choosing the more practical field of architecture. After 15 years of practice, I moved on to other art related vocations, including my own wedding photography business, followed by six years as a landscape designer. Then in 2016, at age 60, I took the leap of faith and decided to pursue my art full time…. with the added income of driving a school bus!