Born in Washington D.C. in 1964, Suzy Sikora has been an artist since the tender age of two, when she first rendered a masterpiece – a huge blue whale, in crayon, on her grandmother’s dining room wall. Moving from crayon to pencil drawings in text books, many report card comments reflect the frustration of her teachers. Mrs. Nesler, her third grade teacher, wrote of Suzy's "preoccupation with [drawing] horses," rather than listening in class.
An artist painting mostly in oils in a style that is often representational, though at times borders on surreal, Suzy attempts to impart her passions into her painting. Having moved to Michigan from Colorado, her work reflects the profound influence of the Western landscape and culture. She has a love of color, “the richness of it and the emotion that color can bring to a painting,” and admires the works of such great artists as Vincent van Gogh and Taos artist Ed Sandoval. An affinity for wildlife and domestic animals, canyons and red rock cliffs, she strives to capture the character of her subjects. Vivid colors infuse her work.
Though she has studied at university, Suzy is largely self-taught, and turns to her love of the Southwest and nature for inspiration. Much of her current body of work is comprised of images based on snapshots and memories collected during hikes and excursions throughout Colorado, southeast Utah, and northern New Mexico. Other works include pet portraiture, faux finishes, and hand-painted children’s furniture. She is also beginning to explore the abstract.
Her work is on display in homes throughout the United States, and she has had work exhibited at the Greater Flint Art Council Annual Student Art Show.
Sikora currently resides in Flint, Michigan with her husband, Tim, their two dogs and four cats.
A note from the artist:
Trato de aprender nuevos idiomas en mi nuevo trabajo. ¡Hay tantas personas maravillosas aquí -- de Brasil, China, Corea, Rusia, y más! Karen de Brasil, me enseña portugués. Myoung me enseña algún coreano. Y Hong me enseña algún chino. Karen, una mujer muy dulce, me dio un disco de música con la música de Brasil. ¡Es tan divertido! Muito obrigada, Karen. Agrada-me muito. ~Suzy
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