My art is an invitation to the viewers to feel the work, both literally and figuratively. The mark of the brush, the use of color or a particular stitch are used to actively used to engage the viewer. Working with a variety of mediums as well as incorporating different materials and techniques onto the surface, is an invitation for the audience to experience the art-making process with me.
Including embroidered images, either on tulle or directly on linens, is a new form of creative expression for me. The challenge for me is to create work that is always informative, truthful, and celebratory. The images I choose inspired by personal history, identity and some pop culture. I chose to embroider because it is very methodical. It has come to be a form of meditation for me to some extent. Plus, I love do color and texture and I get that satisfaction with embroidery. This approach has allowed me to find a deeper level of creativity as well as to be more direct with the art-making process.
Suzanne C. Thomas is a mixed media artist and painter. Suzanne received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Oklahoma State University and her Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Suzanne is a tenured professor of art at Rose State College, and is currently the director of the honors program. She is also currently serving on the board of Inclusion in Art.
Suzanne has exhibited her art in the IAO Gallery, Owens Art Space, Living Arts, AHHA, Oklahoma Hall of Fame at Gaylord – Pickens Heritage Center, Oklahoma Contemporary, African American Museum in Wichita Kansas, and Hobbs Center of Art in Hobbs, NM, as well as has had her work published in local periodicals.
I was raised in eastern Oklahoma County by parents who encouraged creative exploration. I discovered at an early age that I liked to draw and paint. I worked in other vocations, but after a while I knew that I was truly called to be an artist and a teacher. So, I took a leap of faith, and delve completely into art fulltime: creating, exhibiting, and teaching art. When you are doing what you love, it is absolutely amazing how easily you find contentment.