by David Carus
Looking at the world, it’s easy to accept what we see without daring to change it, but for artists like Susi Galloway, painting new realities over old ones is just another day at the easel. Her imaginative paintings and artwork depict the fantastical, transforming the everyday into scenes of pure uplifting, bold adventures. In particular, her ability to impinge on the viewer with color is striking. Her emphasis on the sky injects a sense of space and openness that immediately pulls someone in and what she puts in the sky is often nothing short of miraculous.
Originally from Switzerland, with a background in Heraldic art (a style inspired by knights, coats of arms and nobility), she now lives in Florida creating commissioned paintings and illustrations, many of which have become children’s book covers. Her art communicates a strong message of hope, creativeness and encourages people to dream. There are no boundaries in a Susi Galloway painting. She invites participation because as you look at her white clouds across a blue sky you get the feeling that you are moving them. She transports you to a dream world where anything is possible, where trees can fly just as much as fish can, where we tower over the ocean, spot a mermaid and break free from anything trying to make us drown.
Imagine Salvador Dali and Frida Khalo painting together, minus the heartbreak and serious subject matter, put to the task of rekindling the human spirit through illusion and you get an idea of Susi Galloway’s work. One of her best arrows in her quiver is the color blue. Blue finds its way into the sky and onto the water in so many of her paintings. Not just any blue either. Big, bold, awe inspiring, imagination lifting blue. The kind of blue that reminds you how glorious the world is because we have such a color. Galloway’s art reminds you of what it must feel like to be an astronaut taking in the whole Earth from miles up. There is possibility to be had, ideas struck and paint splashed when one looks at one of her paintings.
Susi Galloway has produced an impressive body of work and she continues to capture the imaginations of her audience. There are too few individuals giving the world this type of pure universe creating inspiration and there is no doubt that Galloway’s work will spawn others. She takes us to the edge and shows us there isn’t one. Her art stretches into forever, dreamscapes for the dreamers.
For more information visit www.susigalloway.com
Portraits are priceless because they capture the people we cherish most, leaving us with an impression of them forever. They hang in our homes reminding us of why we get up in the morning and do what we do. You could say they fuel the soul and one artist feeding the flames is Christine Sargent. She has mastered the ability of immortalizing the human spirit on canvas, selecting just the right moment to capture for each of her subjects. She communicates the beauty she sees in life and through her work has managed to uplift so many grateful pairs of eyes.
Her career stretches back more than a couple decades, from Southern California learning to paint, to Washington State studying at the New Renaissance Academy, and Sargent gradually built a loyal group of fans, clients and collectors. Several years ago inspiration struck when the artist looked at photographs of her niece’s tea party with friends. She immediately began creating works which strove to capture the beauty, happiness and hope found in children playing. The artist believes that children are the key to our future and as one looks upon her works we see a passion for her subject unmatched by so many other visual artists. You can see the care, the thoughtfulness and the intention Christine Sargent uses to paint children and communicate their spirit.
It’s no wonder that the artist spent many years teaching children art. One of her fondest memories was helping her students put on art shows, watching how some of the kids that used to cry when it came to art, beaming from the praise given by the people in attendance. Sargent is definitely an artist that works towards the empowerment of others through art. Every year she hosts an art show at her home and invites new artists who are able to show their work in public for the first time.
To her audience, she continues championing the idea that art should communicate “beauty.” There is a hopefulness, a sense purpose to enlighten, across all of Christine Sargent’s works, that is unmistakable and wholly appreciated by the viewer. Scenes of children playing, smiling faces, loving glances, enchanting backdrops, warmness, innocence, wisdom, and much more emote from the pallet of an artist not only at home in her craft, but venturing towards ideals much needed by mankind. For instance, the artist sometimes takes an old black and white photograph and transports the subject into a world she feels is where the subject really wanted to be. It’s no small task to pursue one’s dreams but Christine Sargent strives to create a space where others’ dreams are realized.
Her next project? A painting whose theme is “love and help children,” meant for a major art show in Washington D.C. and one the artist hopes will do just that. Christine Sargent is talented in both artistic skill and warmth of character. Her purpose, passion and painting are like children let loose to laugh and explore on a magnificent playground. You can’t help but smile and want to play too.
For more information please visit www.christinesargent.com
Michelangelo once said, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” At Artists Run This Planet we see Earth as our marble and we hold a chisel and hammer up to it every day. This beautiful canvas of a planet waits for us to paint it daily. Gone are the days of suppressing art, of pursuits less noble than creating. We have the technology available to create in any medium, and faster than ever before. As artists we are the creators of every new innovation and idea that takes shape. We are mankind’s continual hope and driving force — “Artists Run This Planet." - David Carus, Art Planet CEO & Founder