Susan Carter Hall is a painter. This Mississippi born and raised/California gal is a crazy talented, incredibly fun, deeply inspiring friend and artist.
Four years ago, I met Susan at a Texas BBQ in Los Angeles. A few weeks later, after a couple prosecco-fueled meet ups, she invited me to the Good Friday service at her church, Thad’s. I am forever grateful to her for introducing me to such a beautiful community that has brought so much love into my life. Through Susan, I’ve met an incredible group of friends. All raised in the South with ‘Art Spirits’, we come from a common tribe and we share a common bond, loving our southern roots but planting new ones under the California sun.
…and that reminds me of this piece of Susan’s.
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I feel so lucky to know Susan and to witness her dedication to her art. I love, love, love her work! Susan creates big oil on canvas abstract paintings that are bold and mysterious, layered with simultaneously extroverted and introverted emotions.
I feel like I just described the work and the woman. She’s a fun-loving, dance partying, firecracker and yet she can get so still and so quiet and create phenomenally beautiful paintings.
In 2008, Susan found herself wiped out from working in film, spending a ton of creative energy on her jobs instead of her art. She decided to take a break for five months to prepare for a show and pursue her art full-time. Those five months turned into eight years.
For a few of those years, she studied with Tom Wudl in his downtown LA studio. Wudl would tell his students, “Don’t sit around with the mentality that you’re waiting for the ship to come in.” Susan learned to focus on doing the work, on what she needs to be doing that day. She does what she can and then she lets go.
I’m inspired by:
Her commitment: She consistently shows up. On days that she doesn’t have her studio, she’s still working on her art and reaching out to market her work.
Her example: While I don’t have a studio to go to, her having a place to go to has encouraged me to create my space/spaces to write in.
Her vulnerability: She’s willing to share about her process. I remember being stuck on a script that I was writing a couple years back and confessing my frustration to her. Susan introduced me to Jasper Johns’ quote, “Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” She explained how it helps her get back into her paintings on days when she doesn’t feel super inspired. It was so helpful.
-Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.- Jasper Johns
Susan recently shared with me that she’s allowing herself to make mistakes. It’s nurturing to hear her say that. Choosing the artist way isn’t an easy road. It’s important to find mentors and kindred spirits to amble and stumble along the path with. Susan Carter Hall is a bright light on that path.
Susan Carter Hall, I’m soo proud of you!
Also here is a wonderful interview of Susan by Brett Svateck, another Thad’s friend.
Read about Susan’s 2010 Easter painting for Thad’s.
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