Like a Jewel: Still Life Treasures from Sue Krzyston

November 9, 1-4 p.m.

A Richness of Culture

“A Richness of Culture” by Sue Kryzston

Still-life oil painter Sue Kryzston’s uncanny knack for achieving a three-dimensional quality with her paintings has left many an art lover scratching their head and wondering, How does she do that? If you fall into that category, you’ll want to head to Rowe Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, November 9, between 1 and 4 p.m. when the Phoenix resident gives you a glimpse into her technique during her first-ever gallery presentation.

Sue will give a 30-minute talk at 1:30 p.m. She’ll discuss her interesting background (hint: she started out selling furniture, not creating art), the pros and cons of being self-taught, and how she composes her paintings. Sue will also show images of a painting in its various stages, giving collectors the rare opportunity to see the birth of a still-life painting. The artwork being discussed will be on display during the exhibition.

“I’m excited about sharing how I got to this point in my life,” says Sue, who first began painting in 1981. “Because I’m self-taught, I think I have a unique technique that will interest people, especially collectors and fellow artists. I’m also going to show photos of the first painting I ever made – a landscape – and the first still-life I painted. That’s not something I do very often.”

In addition to the talk, Sue will debut four new works in various sizes during the show, which is titled Like a Jewel: Still Life Treasures. Sue’s paintings depict Native American artifacts such as pottery, moccasins, rugs, blankets and baskets. The artifacts are all from her personal collection. Her newest works showcase these artifacts on lighter, more neutral backgrounds rather than traditional black backgrounds. The result are paintings with a modern, atmospheric quality that have been a hit with collectors.

Always on the go, Sue was invited to give a talk to western art patrons at the Tucson Museum of Art earlier this fall. And last fall, the prestigious Mountain Oyster Club recognized her as a Signature Member during its art show at its headquarters, also in Tucson. One of Sue’s paintings is now part of the private club’s permanent collection. Despite all the attention, Sue admits she’s nervous about talking to Sedona’s savvy art audience.

“I’m used to sitting in my studio, painting at my easel,” she says. “I guess you could say that I’m a little shy. But I’m excited to start a dialogue with the audience about a somewhat mysterious creative process.”

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