Wicked Cellars features local artists on a rotating schedule. Please stop by and check out our featured artist.
New Featured Artist ... Susie Howell
Since 2000, Susie has been photographing weddings, events, and portraits. Her home and studio are located in Marysville, Washington. A Northwest native, Susie’s passion for exploring and capturing the essence of her subjects – people (relationships and emotions), and places - with an artist’s eye - is evident in her imagery. In such a busy world, we sometimes forget what is important: the people we love and our relationships. Each assignment is a new challenge and she finds that very exciting.
Susie is passionately drawn to places that evoke peacefulness, which balances her other world of much responsibility and many projects. She can frequently be found following the light on Spencer or Smith Islands (located between Everett and Marysville, Washington) with her canine companion and camera backpack. Exploring nature throughout the seasons, whether hiking in the Cascade Mountains or road-tripping to the coast, eastern Washington or the Southwest states are some of the locations she finds inspiration for her art photography.
Susie’s unique style of photography is expressed through her own personal connection to the world; a visual communication seems to emerge from her subconscious self. Repeated elements include water, trees, old buildings and various critters such as birds, horses, and dogs. One of her favorite mediums is infrared imagery in black and white; she is very attracted to the impressionistic look of these works. Susie uses digital or traditional paintbrushes to add subtle color on some of these images. Some of most current works are drawing-like images of birds on bare branches printed on handmade papers or canvas. Photographing the birds against very foggy or cloudy skies allows her to achieve an appearance of a translucent background… printing on a textured surface enhances this quality. She enjoys experimenting with substrates and will soon be expanding her printing experiments to include cloth and metal.