Portrait Series 2010-2011

The series of paintings I am working on, began in October of 2010. I had photographed my grand niece during a visit to Iowa. I had intended to use the images like I have in my Archetypes Series, stylizing and abstracting, making it less of a portrait and more of an essence. But, immediately I was drawn into her face. As I worked on three canvases of her, she took on features that I was familiar with. Sometimes I saw my mother in her face, sometimes my sister, other member of my family, and quite often I saw myself. It was fascinating to view the feminine aspect of my family from young to old, all mirrored by the beautiful pre-teen.

Also new to this series is the more literal imagery in the background. Usually my background are pure abstract environments for my figures to live in. These background are taken from my new Virginia surroundings. We moved to Virginia in May, 2010, and I am overwhelmed with the beauty of the countryside. We live in the middle of wine country and horse country. Two of my favorite things!


The flowers outside of my studio bloomed themselves to death and the bees were ecstatic. The fields are amazing. The farmers roll the bales into these wonderful shapes that outline the horizon. There’s definitely a strange reminiscence to the beaches I love and moved so far away from.


About kriegart

I am Susan Krieg, Mixed Media Artist, since 1989 when I first started working as a water colorist for Accent Graphics. I've lived on the West Coast, the East Coast, the Midwest and the Southwest, and currently in rural Virginia. I studied art at Cal College of the Arts in SF and The Art Students League in NYC. I am influenced by Modigiliani, Picasso, Lempicka, Dunand and a million other things.
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7 Responses to Portrait Series 2010-2011

  1. Shari says:

    I to am struck by the beauty of my granddaughter and I love your new style of painting feminine figures. The backgrounds are a beautiful new change to your style. Keep it up!


  2. Carole Segal says:

    Hi Susan, These are Amazing. I love the look of integrating the figure with the background and atmosphere. I wish I was a fly on the wall when you were creating these. Make more please. Carole

  3. kriegart says:

    Your comments reminded me, and I should have mentioned, that Benediction was a painting in Victoria’s office on Young and the Restless. When I was painting the Bob Barker Mural at CBS, Debbie Vitale gave me a back lot tour so I could see the painting in person. Benediction was also on the front page of the Home Section of the LA Times (years ago). I’ve appreciated when people have sent me snapshots of their Benediction Sightings.

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