TG-Life: When did you start painting? Did you paint as a child, in school, college?
Susan: I began officially painting only in 2001. However, I began as a child and won numerous art competitions in school and even came second in the All-Delhi Christian poster competition in 1987. But I did not paint again in college and restarted only around 1998.
TGL: Does art and painting relax you? What happens when you start painting and complete an artwork?
Susan: Painting rejuvenates me. It is a passion. I am fortunate that I am able to transform my perspective into a form that people can appreciate.
TGL: Is painting more interesting than international travel or being a flight attendant?
Susan: I live to travel. It is in my bones with the army/ airline and expat background I am once again blessed. I have visited so many cultures that has inspired my style and concept of art. I use my global nomadic experiences in my themes and use my Japanese sumi-e, ink wash style as well as Chinese brush style.
TGL: Why did you choose to paint nudes? Is it the same as painting a landscape? Does your mindset change?
Susan: I chose the female form to paint because I felt it is beauty undefined- sensual yet elegant. I wanted a bolder theme and felt Goa was a good place to start the unveiling. I usually study the topic I wish to paint, then draw from my own photography and other sources that made an impression on me. Only then do I make a rough sketch. Once I establish a view point, I draw directly on the paper or canvas-free hand and work on one piece at a time till it is completed. If I am satisfied then I keep it, otherwise I crumble it up and restart from scratch!
TGL: What is your message to potential Goan patrons?
Susan: In India we need to change our mindset of viewing human form as objects and learn to honour and respect the divine female goddess in each of us.
TGL: What’s the message behind your paintings
Clothes are just fashion and distraction. One must remove the veil of harshness and hence I feel nudity is the purest way to be perceived without distraction. I use shadows and colour to softly cloak the curves of the female form.