Susanna Shap was born in Odessa, Ukraine on July 19th, 1980 on the opening day of the Summer Olympics being held in Moscow. Her first baby gift was the Olympic teddy bear. Her parents immigrated to the United States, first going through Italy and staying there for 14 months where Susanna still being 8 years old quickly picked up the Italian language. Unfortunately she has almost just as quickly forgotten most of it when her family arrived in NYC in 1989. Susanna has since moved to the peaceful town of Stroudsburg PA where she now lives with her husband, 2 year old and 3 year old beautiful little girls, and 3 "baby" dogs. Susanna is a self taught, self representing professional abstract impressionist artist. In the past 6 years she has sold over 2000 original palette knife paintings online including custom paintings through her website and online venues such as eBay and Etsy. You can check customer feedback here:
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Susanna now offers her abstract art in medium and large canvas sizes, primarily on Etsy rather then on this website, this keeps all of her new available for sale artwork in a simple, easy to browse, single place format and frees up her eyes, hands, time and energy for the most important things: painting, shipping, customer service to her wonderful art collectors and of course: developing new techniques.
"Art is my full time job but and I acknowledge the fact that I am incredibly lucky it is also something I have loved since the as far back as I can remember. Located in the Pocono Mountains of the Keystone State of PA, I am surrounded by the clean air, natural beauty and roaming wildlife around my home, all of which are perks that come with living here and over time have proven to provide me with unlimited inspiration and imagination. All of my abstract textured paintings are created with a palette knife using oils, acrylics and sometimes whatever else is next to me that a painting calls for. Contemporary modern art can come in different styles and where the artist focuses on either the color and/or design, my focus first and foremost is on the sculpted design, heavy texture and then the color, which is why a palette knife is always my first and most important tool and a paint brush if ever used, is always secondary.
I love creating all kinds of subjects in my style. Abstract and modern paintings are the most freeing for me since I can get in front of a blank canvas and just go for it without worrying if someone else will like it or not, after all, it is my expression of what I see in that deep down place of my subconscious, completely subjective with absolutely no rules or constraints. I've heard people talking very generally about ANY textured art out there as being "globs of paint"... I feel there can NEVER BE TOO MUCH Texture, even if in "globs" :) So long as it is done right and does not come out looking amateur and sloppy. I consider it "controlled chaos" and that type of control can only come with time, experience, constant desire to make something out of nothing and an artists own ability to be creative, innovate and experiment. For example, the majority of my art is created with a palette knife, but sometimes I feel very limited by what is available from art suppliers. Sometimes I want to try creating a painting in a new way so when I could not find a palette knife that would fit my purpose, through trial and error, I made my own. So what is it that I paint with my palette knife? pretty much everything... sculpting dragonflies, butterflies, koi fish, flowers like poppies and orchids. Other art I love are simple 1 or 2 tone geometric abstract paintings in dramatic bright solid colors as well as metallic textured gold silver and bronze modern paintings. "Simple" heavily textured seascapes and minimalist landscapes are also some favorites, when creating them my mind wonders to a relaxed and completely freed state. They also have an especially modern look and feel which is perfect for the contemporary home or office and hopefully they will make you feel as relaxed looking at them as I feel when creating them. You can take a look around to see some of my previously sold paintings by navigating the side menu. These art works are available on a commission basis when my work load and schedule allows for it, please keep in mind that since each painting is a one of a kind original with each palette knife stroke done by hand, that no pieces are ever exactly the same. Most people like purchasing completed ready to ship paintings and I do constantly have new completed modern, floral and abstract art for sale in my Etsy Store (link at the top of this page), be sure to check them out, this may save you in both the wait time and the sale price. Thank you for your interest in my original art! ~Susanna"
If you are ever in the North East PA/ Pocono's area & would like to view/purchase Susanna's abstract art in person, it is currently exhibited and for sale at:
Main Street Art Gallery - 582 Main St., Stroudsburg PA 18360
Open to the general public Saturday's 11am-6pm EST and by appointment Tuesday-Friday Noon-6pm EST. Phone#: (570) 369-5266
Please ask for Lana