By Suzanne Hoffman, Pen and Ink on Paper
Although I have always been interested in art and graphic design, it wasn't until a few years ago when a dear friend gave me a set of student paints, some brushes, and a palette that I dared to actually try to put brush to canvas. I began with oils and have since adventured
forth to watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, colored pencils, charcoal, and pastels. I am constantly experimenting and gravitating toward the subject matter and media that most intrigue me. It is a journey that has only just begun, and I expect that what I am doing artistically today may become only a fond memory tomorrow. I must, however, confess to a streak of whimsy that will always be there and may occasionally take control. The whimsical side of my personality has inspired experiments with pen and ink and the Zentangle method. As Zentangle is currently extremely popular, the challenge here has primarily been to come up with something that hasn't already been done.
My affiliation with DIHAC has influenced the current direction of my artistic endeavors. Much of what I experience at Dauphin Island is reminiscent of my youth growing up along Florida's east coast. Salt on my skin and sand in my shoes when I am down on the island make me feel as though I have come home.
Although many of my pieces are coastal in nature, I have discovered that I really enjoy portraiture. I am most comfortable with graphite as a medium, perhaps because so much of my career history has been undertaken pencil in hand as a program developer, program director, technical writer, instructional designer, and data analyst in both academic and commercial arenas. Even so, many of my portraits of people and animals are charcoal or pastel rather than graphite.
By Suzanne Hoffman, Watercolor on Paper
By Suzanne Hoffman, Mixed Media on paper
By Suzanne Hoffman, Colored pencil on paper