This second interview with Susannah Graedel (SG) focuses on ……. Part I of the interview was about her class Drawing Flowers through a Microscope. is one of the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI) art class instructors. Check the art class schedule to find classes that she teaches. Learn more about art instructor Susannah Gradel.
The interview was conducted by A. Pirozzoli (AP)
(AP) What painting or artwork are you personally working on currently?
(SG) I am eager to translate my skills honed in drawing and painting to needlework projects using birds as my subject.
(AP) What medium is being used?
(SG) Very fine weave linen and embroidery floss.
(AP) What is the goal of the work?
(SG) To create subtle portraits of the beauty and delicacy of these fascinating, feathered, colorful, airborne creatures in the softness of fabric.
(AP) How important is it to your craft to be creating art on a regular basis?
(SG) I am happiest when I am creating, so the more time spent in creating, the more joy I feel. Needlework is meditative and absorbing. It provides a steadiness in everyday life.
(AP) As an artist what are some of the challenges you have had to overcome?
(SG) It is a challenge to find the time to spend creating art in any form, visual and written.
(AP) Do you experience any difference between creating paintings that are intended to be sold and those you create for your own pleasure?
(SG) I have not been commissioned or directed to work on a specific project. I am simply compelled to create a work, and if it does sell, that is a pleasure. It means that the buyer is as “in love” with my subject as I am.
(AP) Since so much of yourself is in the art you create, is it difficult to sell your work on some level?
(SG) No. I am delighted that someone else wants to live with it.