IN-PERSON: Painting as a Way of Living with Susan Overstreet

November 8th, 9th, and 10th | Monday-Wednesday 1-4pm | 3 sessions | $230 for members, $250 for non members

“Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell.  Then there could be new paintings again.”   Willem de Kooning

In this three-day workshop, artists will bring sketches, finished and unfinished paintings, or just an idea or concept as a starting point. They will let themselves go and freely paint without consequence for the style, method or outcome. This workshop is for artists who seek “breakthrough” moments to push their limits in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Be prepared to dance!

Susan Overstreet’s creative process of weaving vibrant colors with a technique of palette knife and brushwork captures a visual tapestry between abstract imagery and representation. Overstreet’s bold expressive style is driven by unique natural elements found on Cape Cod that offer an evolving kaleidoscope of color, as well as the people immersed in their environment. “I work quickly. Capturing the subject extemporaneously is vital to breathing life into it visually,” explains Overstreet. “Knowing what the paint can do by experimenting with its properties, I move the paint around the canvas until the image emerges.” She paints en plein air and in the studio, inspired by both landscape and the human figure.  Susan completed studio work at George Washington University, and continued studying fine arts at the Corcoran School of Art and the Art League School of Alexandria. Her work was accepted in many juried competitions in Virginia and now on Cape Cod. Susan has exhibited at The Provincetown Art Museum, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She taught art to children in Fairfax Public Schools, and served as president of the Springfield Art Guild. Susan teaches at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Milford Arts Council and at the PAAM.  Susan is represented by Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA.