S U S A N G E T T Y
B L I N K
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 16, 2014
RECEPTION: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2014 | 6PM - 10PM
When I come to the blank canvas, I am usually confident that what appears will be an impression,
a mere blink of the eye. My paintings are visual poems, but not odes with stanza after stanza.
My visual poems are more likely a haiku— minimal, short, sweet.
Details are not what captivate me as an artist. I’m much more thrilled with the juxtaposition of colors,
angles, lines—the more formal aspects of art-making. Don’t look for self expression in my paintings.
Look instead for a celebration of memory—the way the grass shines so green against the dark wet trees,
or the way the ocean kisses the sky at the horizon line.
I love to travel and love the newness of a place—there’s so much in the world to fill my mind’s eye.
The sky in California has a different feel than the sky in Africa. The border of the Atlantic Ocean
has such a different personality than the wild, windy West Coast. And I carry the differences
in my memory and try to play with them on the canvas.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I can be perfectly content meditating on the way a beautiful
vertical line breaking the horizontal plains of the farmer’s fields or the way that two shades of green can
make one another sing a new song.
The paintings in this exhibit are also seeping with my recent preoccupation with the realization
of how temporary beauty is. The reality of impermanence has been whispering in my brain in the past
year as I’ve grieved over lost loved ones, and welcomed new situations into my life. The best I can
do is to take a moment, a precious passing moment, and allow my work to say how much I love this life.
And how ready I am for whatever comes next.
Susan Getty is a freelance artist and writer who loves exploring the world
and responding to it with poems and pictures. Her art has been on exhibit
in Harrisburg and the surrounding area for the past 15 years.
She is a graduate of the studio art program at Messiah College and a lifelong learner.
She considers herself a pilgrim in art (as well as in life). Most of her work begins
as experimentation with materials, colors, images, and ideas. When encouraging
one of her painting students, Susan often quotes her first painting professor, saying,
“If you know what a painting is going to look like before you begin, what’s the point of painting it?”
The artist lives in Dillsburg with her husband. Their two sons have recently moved out
on their own (to Harrisburg!). Supposedly this means she’ll have more time to paint.