Maine based artist Suzanne Theodora White is an Award Winning Painter and Photographer focusing on – Landscape, Farming, People and their Animals, Life and Death in the Natural World, Life on the Farm. The Exotic the Quirky. The peculiar the mundane. The simple and complex. The surreal and the everyday. The odd and ordinary.
Being an artist is an act of survival and an act of defiance in a failing world. It is a search for meaning and strength through a personal vision and a life lived with love, passion, and beauty.
Trained as a painter Suzanne studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University and was a two time winner of the prestigious William Paige and Kate Morse Traveling Fellowships awarded by the Boston Museum of Fine arts. After receiving these awards the first time she spent a life on the road for two years and traveled overland through Europe through the Middle East, Asia and Far East. In the 1980’s she made extended trips to Central and South America to study birds in the Amazon Basin.
Suzanne has had many solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows over her long career, some of which are listed here: Zoe Gallery in Boston, Cutler/Stavaridis Gallery, University of Massachusettes, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Newport Art Museum, Newport RI, Art Institute of Boston, and Northeastern University, Maris Gallery, Westfield State College, Thomas Segal Gallery Boston, The French Embassy, New York, SanJoaquin County Museum, Stockton CA.
In early 1990’s Suzanne was retained by Michel Roux of Carillon Importers as an ‘Absolut’ Vodka artist and her and work has been reviewed and her paintings reproduced in USA Today, Connoisseur Magazine, Arts and Antiques, and Forbes Magazine, The Boston Globe, among many othes. Her work is published in the textbook ‘Unique Journey/The Visual Arts by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Press,
Suzanne’s work is on permanent display in the Church of St. Denis, Tour Tour, France; Carillon Importers, Teaneck, NJ; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Bank of Boston; and Nichols Institute, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is represented in numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
‘my paintings are multi-layered dreams or an expression of moments during our waking life where one simultaneously experiences both conscious and unconscious thoughts and visions. My photographs are everyday observations; simple moments perhaps in their own way revealing the unseen or the layered. I expect a good piece, be it painting or a photograph to take on a life of its own and bear up to repeated scrutiny like a book you never want to finish. In my work I like to see any or all of the following: layers of meaning, ambiguity, sensuality, lusciousness of surface or texture, beauty and its fragility, instability, hope, paradox, and the puzzle of time. As a subtext there is an underlying fascination with a darker side; decay, death, and abandonment.’
‘To go in the dark with a light is to know the light
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, to, blooms and sings…’
from the poem To Know the Dark by Wendell Berry
Visit her other websites at http://www.stwhitephotography for more information or visit her farm site at http://www.littledovekatahdins.com where she also raises Katahdin Hair Sheep and teaches stock dog handling for farming and competition.