In her early years, Westport, Massachusetts resident Susan Strauss, was exposed to many different art forms and encouraged by her family to make art. She says “Art has been a life long learning experience”. Painting directly from nature, Susan feels the connection, the joy and peace she felt as a child. Working on large canvasses in oil, she paints in layers of color and marks that she says “are abstract experiences of the spaciousness of nature”. The palette is peaceful and the images have a meditative quality. “I am committed to exploring with a sense of wonder in my paintings. I believe that this energy of seeing is what connects the work to the viewer."