Susan Babbel, a contemporary figurative, expressionist artist redefines portraiture with her intense, emotional portrayal of women. Sorrowful, confrontational and questioning images are created through the use of color, layering and texture. Susan’s larger paintings are oil or acrylic on canvas, and her smaller works are gouache or watercolor on paper. Susan’s abstract art is reflective of the life around her. Bold colors mix to create visions personal to the viewer.
Susan grew up in Southern California. Her earliest memories were of playing in the sand, feeling waves against her legs while living in Redondo Beach. At age seven, Susan moved to Thousand Oaks, where her playground changed to rolling hills and open fields. It was at this time her earliest exposure to art surfaced, while seated at the kitchen table painting alongside her mother.
Art took a backward step in her life as she entered the workforce, and it wasn’t until her first child was born in 1986 that she started painting again. Susan joined a local art association, whose members encouraged her to think outside the box while painting. As her style slowly emerged, so did her love of painting women. She again found herself painting at the kitchen table, surrounded by her two daughters, their friends in tow, painting.
Susan received her MA in Interdisciplinary Education with an Alternative and Correctional emphasis at Santa Clara University in 2018, and her BA in Creative Arts from San Jose State University in May 2012. After a two-year hiatus from painting, Susan reopened her art studio at The Alameda Artworks, 1068 The Alameda Space 11, San Jose CA 95126. http://www.thealamedaartworks.com/
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