“I create art because I must. Art exemplifies and substantiates my existence and is a necessary extension of my life. I want to initiate wonder and questions, intrigue and entertain the senses, while communicating my thoughts, dreams and desires.”
Susan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she grew up loving the outdoors and the beauty of nature. Many vacations were spent camping with her family and exploring the western half of the United States. She studied Commercial Art and Advertising at Utah State University and continues to takes classes and workshops to expand her artistic skills.
In 1996, she moved to Charlotte, NC and started Creative Art by Susan Nuttall, a company specializing in commissioned artwork incorporating oils, textured mix media, and encaustic paintings.
Susan is currently living in Carolina Beach, NC with her husband, David, where her paintings are inspired from photos taken during her many travels around the world.
Susan’s need to create heavily textured artwork started when her grandfather went blind. As a young girl she wanted to make art so that he could feel what she was creating. She worked in all kinds of different mediums to allow him to experience her artwork through his sense of touch.
Years later when she was doing large murals she wanted to make them with more dimension. Susan could find no product on the market that pleased her, so she set out to perfect her own medium in hopes of creating paintings with the texture she envisioned. Susan also found creating her own encaustic medium give her the freedom to express her love for color and texture.
Susan has been using these self created mediums in her art for over 20 years.
The process of creating Susan’s textured paintings and encaustics begins by working with her photos and her sketch book. Once she finalizes the design for the painting, she starts with a pre-made art board, layering the textured medium using an artist trowel or spatula. This can be many layers to get the desired back ground texture she envisions. Susan then adds the detail layers by hand sculpting each element to the background layers. After she completes the texture part of the artwork, she then makes her own oil glazes and starts the overlay process. Susan uses many layers of hot wax encaustics, oils and varnishes to achieve depth in each of her paintings. After she is happy with the layers of glazes, she then finishes with small details of oil paints to achieve the final painting.
The evolution of these creative processes has helped her to further develop her personal artistic style while satisfying her love of working with heavy textures in her artwork.
Susan has won numerous awards, both regionally and nationally. Her paintings can be found in public and private collections throughout the World.
Susan Nuttall’s Artist Statement
As an artist, I work hard to create paintings that speak both to me and to others by depicting some of the most beautiful places on earth that I have seen. I always hope to share what has inspired me.
The whole process begins by taking numerous photos of nature from my travels. Using these photos, I then spend time working in my sketch books and illustrating different elements. Rather than recreating the exact image, I try to carefully consider what inspired me to take the photos. My goal is to tell the story of the experience and capture the emotion I felt while painting each piece.