Abstract Acrylic Painting - Detail Section by Susan Burnham Neilson

Lake Country Under 100

After I decided to contribute work to the Lake Country Public Art Gallery’s annual UNDER 100 Exhibition and fundraiser, I needed to create some works of a much smaller size than I usually make.

I usually prefer the “breathing room” possible in larger works, but these needed to be under 100 square inches. I thought it would be fun to take it as a challenge, and make them all at once, puzzled together as a group, but with each able to stand alone in the end. I also took it as an opportunity to try varied experiments with processes in acrylics.

I primed three in black, three neutral grey, and three white, and then put them all together in a square framework to start painting an overall background design on all nine at once. I sometimes separated them to work on sections, and sometimes put them back together, not always knowing exactly where this was leading me, but I do love puzzles!

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Canadian painter and mixed-media artist, Susan Neilson is fascinated by natural geometry in micro and macro worlds. Precise realism, calm energy and intuitive abstraction combine in her art. The Pacific Northwest and parks of the British Columbia Interior inspire her current work. She is interested in biomorphic forms and patterns connecting all living systems, as well as the interface between wild and cultivated environments.

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