Hello to everyone and welcome to my Blog.
I'm Susan Comish and I love COLOR, PEOPLE, and CHRISTMAS!
I've been coloring in one form or another since I could hold a crayon, and my favorite subject has always been people, (including Santa Claus).
People are the most amazing, interesting and mysterious things on the planet - period!
Everyone is dynamically colorful with a colorful personality to match. Everyone has incredible differences that can be discerned and recognized from miles away (or at least from across a room). Everyone has an interesting back story that is exciting to uncover. This intriguing mystery of people is what I get to solve in my work as an artist. It is always exciting; always an adventure.
And... even more to amaze......I find that every single person is attractive and interesting in absolutely unique and different ways. Even when they themselves don't think so.
I first became enamored with the art of portraiture when I was just 8 years old. That's when my parents took me to have my portrait painted. Growing up with that painting on the wall of our front room, I studied it meticulously. I had crayons, I had watercolors, but I had absolutely no color that resembled the flesh tones of that painting. I often stood nose to nose with it, as if I could see deep enough to uncover the mysterious mixture of color that made it look so life-like.
This is me at 8 years old,
painted by artist,
Gene W Anthony.
Then....as a sophomore in high school with no prior basic art classes, I somehow ended up in an advanced class with 4 other students who were all seniors. Our class room was the attic of the old BY High School. The teacher started us out in oil colors, AND he brought in live models from the BYU. -Awesome!
The pigeons that perched on the ledge outside our rooftop window were cooing along with my blissful enthusiasm. I was in my element!!!
A photo from my BYHigh yearbook. Here I am in my attic art class concentrating so hard, I didn't know this picture was being taken.
(I know...that's quite a hairdo I've got, but notice the model's hair...same style!)
Continuing on to Brigham Young University was a breeze. I loved the full spectrum of art classes I received there.
Imagine my excitement when several years after graduating I happened to meet the man who painted my portrait all those many years ago! Gene Anthony took an interest in my art, tutoring me in the heavenly realms of Portrait work. I jumped for joy when I learned his palette of celestial colors. I have never stopped painting.
***And now you know my colorful backstory!
Brigham Young High School with it's bell tower
Now the City Library
From my locker in the basement, I ran up six flights of stairs each day to reach art class
in the attic before the bell rang...Phew!