children book

Drawing

Vignette: Susan E. Brooks


“How do we respond to the stark contrasts and overwhelming misery that exist in our world?”
- Susan Brooks


"Burkina Boy and His Donkey" by Susan Brooks, 31x20in, pastel on mat board (2017)

"Burkina Boy and His Donkey" by Susan Brooks, 31x20in, pastel on mat board (2017)

Susan Brooks is a children’s book illustrator, drawing on her own life experience in Mozambique, Africa, and Turkish Cypress to create original stories. Her images are prosaic, with notes of affectionate sentimentalism. “As an artist I am fascinated with the human countenance,” explains Brooks. “I believe every person is created in the image of God, having an inner light that can sometimes be captured or at least hinted at in great art. The challenge of creating a painting that gives the viewer pause, that causes them to feel a connection with the divine through beauty, keeps me returning to my first artistic love, portrait drawing and painting.”   

On her website, Brooks talks about how some of her images are inspired by her encounters with poverty: “How do we respond to the stark contrasts and overwhelming misery that exist in our world? How can we help? Guilt and shame are not the answer. The answer is probably different for each one of us.”

Brooks taught art for many years, including her current position at Portland Christian School. She has worked in various mediums, but she uses primarily oil pastels now. “I have developed a style of painting with oil pastels that results in striking portraits that glow with dramatic light, various textures, and complementary color contrasts. I work with oil pastels on a textured surface of mat board or pastel paper, which allows me to build up many layers of color with a thick, buttery, texture in some areas, while leaving other areas thin, allowing the background colors and the texture of the surface to show. For me, working with oil pastels is the best of both worlds, allowing for painterly textures and colors combined with expressive mark making.”

"Tanzanian Children" by Susan Brooks, 17x20in, pastel on paper (2017)

"Tanzanian Children" by Susan Brooks, 17x20in, pastel on paper (2017)

Brooks is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Inc. & Louisville Visual Art, and has been included in Fine Art America’s Artist Listings.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lipscomb University 1985; Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan, 2007
Website: http://www.susanebrooks.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sebrooks81/

"Keeping Up with Big Sister" by Susan Brooks, 14x11in, pastel on paper (2017)

"Keeping Up with Big Sister" by Susan Brooks, 14x11in, pastel on paper (2017)

"Ollie at the Beach" by Susan Brooks, 19x25in, pastel on paper (2017)

"Ollie at the Beach" by Susan Brooks, 19x25in, pastel on paper (2017)

"Tanzanian Children (detail)" by Susan Brooks

"Tanzanian Children (detail)" by Susan Brooks

"Reading with Poppy" by Susan Brooks, 25x19in, pastel on paper (2016)

"Reading with Poppy" by Susan Brooks, 25x19in, pastel on paper (2016)

"Ollie at the Beach (detail)"  by Susan Brooks

"Ollie at the Beach (detail)"by Susan Brooks

Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2017 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved. 

Written by Keith Waits.      Entire contents copyright © 2017 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved. 

Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2017 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved. 

Painting, Drawing

Vignette: Victor Sweatt

"Beckley Creek Park" by Victor Sweatt, 15x30in, oil on canvas (2016), $1500 |  BUY NOW

"Beckley Creek Park" by Victor Sweatt, 15x30in, oil on canvas (2016), $1500 | BUY NOW

Victor Sweatt working on his pastel drawing, "Early Fall"

Victor Sweatt working on his pastel drawing, "Early Fall"

As a painter, Victor Sweatt is unquestionably a realist. His images are recognizable and assured in the expressiveness of the human form, yet there is also a potent emotional quality that reaches for expressionism. It is there in the evocative gestures and postures of his figures, but it is also evidenced in the landscapes that have most recently occupied him.

The detail and sense of place is confident, but the development of surface and the delicate placement of color connect to Sweatt’s more subjective compositions of musicians, farmers, parishioners, and others, which often have a slightly surreal quality, a heightened observation of the flavor of a scene. In these pastorals, such as “Morning Dew,” there is a palpable sense of discovery in how the light delineates the dimensionality of the space surrounding the petals, a glimpse into another universe at our feet that we take for granted.

A long-time teacher and mentor for kids in west Louisville, Sweatt is currently seeking funding for "Speak Up", a children’s book that empowers them against child molestation, educating youth about the negative effects of under age drinking and setting positive goals.

Sweatt was born in Louisville. The oldest of three sons, Sweatt was raised in a single-family household. He credits his mother for his strength and determination, which helped him to survive and excel in the challenged west side neighborhoods in Louisville. He has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions, and appears in public and private collections throughout the United States. In 2015, his work was included in the Louisville Visual Art exhibit, Presence and Place at Metro Hall in Louisville, KY. Sweat is a signature member of the Louisville Visual Art, the Kentucky Artist Pastel Society, and the Kentucky Watercolor Society.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victor.sweatt

"Autumn Cool" by Victor Sweatt, 9x12in, pastel on canson paper (2016), $550 |  BUY NOW

"Autumn Cool" by Victor Sweatt, 9x12in, pastel on canson paper (2016), $550 | BUY NOW

"Chickasaw Park Bridge" by Victor Sweatt, 16x20in, oil on canvas (2016), $750 |  BUY NOW

"Chickasaw Park Bridge" by Victor Sweatt, 16x20in, oil on canvas (2016), $750 | BUY NOW

"Morning Dew" by Victor Sweatt, 9x12in, pastel on canson paper (2016), $550 |  BUY NOW

"Morning Dew" by Victor Sweatt, 9x12in, pastel on canson paper (2016), $550 | BUY NOW

Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2016 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved.

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