As a young child, Suzanne Vaughan absorbed and appreciated the intense vibrancy of her homeland, New Zealand, paying close attention to textures, shapes, horizons, and colors. As she evolved into a woman, she brought with her the inspirations of her childhood and stored them away deep in her subconscious, allowing them to simmer and expand. During the years post and prior to her relocation to America, Suzanne Vaughan’s passion for painting ignited.
Her painting process involves an energetic, flowing, and rhythmic application of paint. In her Immersion, Colorscape and Portal series, multiple layers of pigments and tinted glazes are overlaid generating a luminous glow that suspends flicks, drips, and brushstrokes of paint. Her Cityscape and Landscape paintings are treated with the sharp strokes of palette knives to build up heavily pigmented and textural layers that are often scraped to reveal merging and interacting color complexities. There is a degree of intuition involved, an element of surprise, a dynamic interaction with the unfolding images, color, and textural variances. “Art, I have to do it,” she says, “it is an ingrained and vital part of who I am”