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The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Susi Schuele

Biography

Susi Schuele is a self-taught abstract artist. Raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, she now lives in the Town of Lisbon, Wisconsin with her husband, Chuck and their two very spoiled dogs and studio mates, Stardust and Hanna.

Susi has been creating in some way since she was a child. She is self-taught, beginning with acrylic paint and drawing. She has been creating abstract art with colorful stains on wood since approximately 2015.

Susi has attained her technical abilities from studying the works of artists she admires, such as O’Keeffe, Van Gogh and Monet. She is always experimenting with tools and mediums to achieve her desired effect.

“Creating colorful art on wood has refocused my perspective toward the lighter, happier, positive side of each new day. And…I have seen the same effect on people when they view my art work! Their wide smiles reach their eyes. Their expressions as they realize that each of my signature pieces are stain on wood and not paint is always a powerful, joyful reaction, both to them and to me.”

Schuele was nominated for the “People’s Choice” award in the ArtisTTable 2017 Women’s Exhibition online. She a member of many art communities and associations, including the League of Milwaukee Artists among others. She has been represented by the Gallery of Wisconsin Art (GOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin since 2017 and Woodland Studios in Stoughton, Wisconsin since 2018. She has exhibited at prestigious exhibitions for abstract and contemporary art at GOWA and was featured in the One of a Kind Spring Art Show Fine Art Gallery in Chicago, IL in 2018 and 2019.

Statement

Words cannot describe my art. Emotions tell a bigger story. I tell my stories through vivid color inspired by all forms of nature, my imagination and music. My “Second Touch” from God has arrived and my lifetime desire to create and “be myself” is fulfilled.

I like to create art with a magnetic appeal. Art that draws you in. It says “Come closer. Tell me what you see. Tell me how you feel. I want to be what you need me to be.”  Visual inspiration is a beautiful garden bursting in Spring, breathtaking sunsets glowing with orange, the subtle but sublime metallic golds and coppers in Raku pottery, the magnificent Rainbow Eucalyptus tree or the beaming contrast and glitter of colorful elements of nature such as geodes. When creating on various wood panels, the grain of the wood is oftentimes perfect inspiration alone.

Abstract brings my world and your world together by allowing each individual to see and feel their own story. From a primary emotion of a color-infused visual to secondary emotions evoked by “hearing” the music or remembering the lyrics from the piece’s carefully researched song title, this art will connect you to the experience of a memory in another time in your head and heart each time you view it. I achieve incredible depth in my work and bring a little more of my soul into each painting by titling them with song. My love of music is only surpassed by my love of art. As a result, my paintings evoke a powerful emotional effect on viewers from every sense. Joy, curiosity, maybe even dark.

My art is unique because I am currently the only artist in the country creating fine art on wood with colored stains. Most always, I use only my hands, but on occasion I work with a brush for detail and include other mediums such as alcohol ink in my work.

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The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Kathleen Walter

Biography:

Kathleen received her BA in Art Education at UW-Milwaukee and a Masters in Integrated Arts Education at Alverno College. She worked as an art teacher for 35 years in the West Bend public school system and then as an adjunct instructor in the Art Department at Alverno College for 8 years.

She has lived for the past 37 years with her husband on a 10 acre farm outside of Slinger, WI where she raises vegetables, sheep and chickens. This space affords her endless opportunities to continue exploring and discovering the marvels in nature and the intersections and collisions between nature and humankind.

Kathleen has created both individual and collaborative art installations.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous one-person shows as well as juried, group and invitational exhibitions around the state.

Artist’s Statement:

My work is reflective of my fascination with the natural world and the interconnectedness I see in all living things including the human race. Each piece tells a story reflecting my interpretation of events unfolding across continents and in my own space.  Through my story boxes I try to make sense of the incomprehensible things that are happening in this world. The maps that become a part of much of my collage work are, for me, a statement about the mistaken human belief that there is a way to divide, contain and control the earth and all it is composed of and record this with simple lines, symbols, charts and graphs.

My work incorporates natural materials and found elements to create a more direct link between the natural world and human interpretation.  I continue to explore these themes with an endless curiosity and desire to make sense of this world.

The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Jonathan Korotko

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Biography:

Art has been a vital part of Jonathan Korotko’s life from a very early age. He was always drawing, painting, or creating something throughout his youth which carried over into his college career. Jonathan is a recent graduate from Carroll University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. After working in various medias he has found his niche in screen printing. His most recent body of work, Revival of Life, consisted of 11 prints in which Jonathan drew his inspiration from his journey to veganism. This journey was insightful for Jonathan and he experienced it as if it was his awakening. The natural world become his faith in a way. He strives to pay his respect to nature in his prints. They depict biblical stories that involve nature and the importance it plays in the bible. His goal is to submit his prints in Revival of Life to graduate schools to pursue his MFA in screen printing. Jonathan’s career goal is to eventual work in a higher educational setting, teaching his passion to enthusiastic individuals. Sharing his ideas and knowledge with others and having it reciprocated is what really drives him. He was always inspired by his professors who really pushed him to look deep inside himself to find his voice in art.

What inspires Jonathan is his experiences in life. He has been lucky enough to travel to many cultural Mecca’s throughout Europe, such as Paris, London, Florence, Munich, and Zurich. These opportunities allowed him to see many different facets of art from various periods. Jonathan references his travels in his art. He also pulls inspiration from places he wants to go but has not yet been. Africa is one of these places. In his current work Jonathan is inspired by Adinkra symbols of West Africa. These Adinkra symbols have emotional meanings behind them. In his newest work, Jonathan is referencing the emotions he finds in himself.

 

Artist’s Statement:

These past two years have pushed me to look deep inside myself to capture the essence of what drives me to create. A new lifestyle has inspired me to rethink my life personally and artistically. I am vegan and the journey to embracing veganism has opened my eyes to how truly important the natural world is to us, as humans. Plants are essential to our existence. They are critical to our health and overall well-being. They provide us with the air with breathe, the food we eat and are important for medicinal purposes. Their importance is timeless. We could not function without what plants give us. In this body of work, I want to pay homage and respect to the natural world.print-2

In doing my research on veganism I have developed, a great respect for what our plants provide us. I honor and respect nature. It has almost become my faith. The concept of faith and believing in something is inspiring for me. I currently do not practice a religion but my Catholic background has driven me to create this body of work. The images presented before you are my combination of paying honor to the natural world and relating the importance they play in Catholicism. I pulled much of my inspiration from Byzantine art focusing on Icons. I found it inspiring the way Byzantine art glorifies their Saints and figures of recognition. Halos frame their head showing their importance and holiness. I also looked at the way we honor our deceased. We praise them for who they were, what they gave to us, and our love for them. In my work, I focused on trees and plants at the end of their life. I want to honor the plants I have drawn or photographed for their importance and what they have given us. The natural world is our life giver and I want to give my thanks to nature with my art. Through veganism, I feel like I’ve been revived and this is just the beginning of a new chapter in my life.