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Susan Scott Kenney

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Painter and art educator Susan Scott Kenney has worked primarily in acrylics, developing the medium's potential for bold color and satiny textures. With decades of teaching K-12 under her belt, Kenney has learned and worked in various art forms, including printing, pottery, ceramics and jewelry. But predominant to all of these, Kenney says, is painting.

While developing a series of plein air paintings, Kenney would take photographs to finish finer details. This developed into overlapped images of broad landscapes blocked out by sections of detailed close-ups, almost like magnifying windows. Kenney then developed a series of smaller scale paintings inspired by this method. Kenney continues to bring a contemporary approach to traditional landsacpe painting

Artist Statement:

Each of my paintings is based on a series of steps: observation, studies and sketches, and interpretation of subject matter. I always carry a small camera in order to record images of the rural area surrounding my home in Dayville. This part of Connecticut is referred to as “The Last Green Valley." Each season brings a change of view and a new color palette. My small paintings are studies of the birds at my feeder, the flowers in my garden, and animals on neighboring farms. Larger canvases provide me with an opportunity to experiment and alter my view of the changing colors and landscape of rural New England.

I am a resident of Connecticut and presently live in Dayville. My recent retirement as an art teacher for the Dudley-Charlton school system has provided me the time and freedom to concentrate on my own artwork.

 

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