Describe your work:
I am a representational artist. I use watercolor and acrylic to paint portraits, pets, people, and places.
As an artsy person, people expect you can:
Write trivia answers in fancy script, make a poster, be a wedding photographer.
How does being artistic spill over into the rest of your life:
It is the lens in which I see the world: in compositions and colors
Mantra or routine:
I have a familiar pattern while painting. Start at the bottom of a hill on the empty canvas or paper where it is intimidating. Work on one little piece at a time. Self-doubt and questioning come but I keep working until I get to top of the hill, and I look at it and I see the end and realize I got this. The process works and I keep on going.
A bad day in your practice:
When it takes longer to get up that hill.
I am optimistic. That goes a long way.
At what are you inefficient:
Self-discipline would solve many problems for me.
Finest of all the colors:
Water. I use water-based tools.
Two art teachers growing up have impacted the course of my life. I wanted to be like them. And my mother, Mary Troutman Carroll, who was artist. She was a jewelry maker. She used beads and I saw her make stuff. She encouraged me and exposed me to ideas.
Craftsmanship really matters.
Lazy = bad art.
Why does art matter:
It is important to people. It is mostly a positive force in the world that always mattered. I view our world and nature as the best form of art and of course that matters because we are living in it.
Why are you beautiful:
My Mom was positive and optimistic and passed on to me the idea that life is 10% what happens verse 90% what you do with it. I am having a joyful life.
.Susan Irish is the founder and owner of Fabulon — Center for Art and Education. Interested in being featured? If you’re a visual artist living or working in West Ashley, drop a line with your contact info and speciality to Fabulon.firstname.lastname@example.org