While on a Google image search, I happened upon a beautiful piece of artwork. Intrigued, I clicked to find out more. I was led to the Etsy shop of Susanna Shap, ModernHouseArt.
The piece that initially attracted me is a lovely palette-knife impasto abstract design, in a range of colors arranged on a backdrop of black. In my mind it resembles the scaley pattern of alligator skin, but I don’t know if that’s what the artist intended.
As I explored Susanna’s shop, I discovered a range of other pieces created with her signature palette-knife impasto. Some of my other favorites included solid-colored abstract impasto squares, blossoming trees, leopards, poppies and peacocks.
When asked about her work, the Pennsylvania artist said:
It took me years of hard work, experimenting, and lots of trial and error to develop this technique properly and I honestly feel that those steps are important for each individual artist to go through in order to develop their own best work… creative people MUST walk to beat of their own drum.