Hackettstown’s Heath Village has a new artist-in-residence, Susan Sumner. Sumner’s “The World is My Studio,’’ current exhibit features paintings from her recent trip abroad to the Netherlands, where she visited Amsterdam, Harlaam and Delft. In addition to sharing her paintings, she recently discussed her approach to painting during the unveiling of her work.
Sumner loves to paint outdoors and works in the style of alla prima, a painting technique used mostly in oil painting in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. She works quickly to catch the fleeting light. She uses slow, soft edges that give the look of an oil painting – especially if applied thickly with expressive strokes. In her own words, “My paintings do not closely resemble the subjects,’’ she said. “I am trying to become more abstract.”
While she has always loved art, she only started painting after retiring as a school guidance counselor. She has taken several art classes and workshops from many artists. Sumner paints on location with NJ Plein Air Painters and with her fellow Heath Village artists during their weekly art group sessions.
She also writes a blog, The Artful Codger, which can be found at HYPERLINK “http://www.susansumner.com” www.susansumner.com.
For more information about Sumner and her artwork, or to arrange a visit to the gallery, contact Melissa Nichols at 908-684-5006.
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