As an artist who is inspired by nature, I try to bring an appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world to those who see my work. The colors, textures and movement, the organic, unpredictable flow and the interplay of these forces are what I would like to express through my art.
While I have worked in colored pencil, watercolor and acrylics, I find that alcohol inks are the best medium for me for expressing the ever-changing awe that nature represents. The inks take on a life of their own that defies control in some cases, as does nature. I use mixed media as well to achieve the feeling that I would like to convey.
My aim is not to reproduce a nature scene, but to bring the viewer into the art and make them part of the interplay of color and form, creating new and exciting visual effects and moods.
Sue Filbin was born in 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Ohio as a young child. She attended University of Dayton and Ohio State University, majoring in education and English. After marriage and a move to Michigan, she graduated from Marygrove College with a BA in English and Special Education in 1974. During her 27 year teaching career, she used art frequently to reach and motivate her special needs students.
As a retired teacher and cancer survivor, she began studying art more seriously through workshops and guided by talented artists who used art as therapy through colored pencil, watercolor and acrylics. She discovered alcohol inks and fell in love with them as a way to express a love of nature and of her adopted state, Michigan. She lives in Bloomfield Hills and spends much of her time at her cottage near Higgins Lake, where she continues to pursue her interest in art. She shares her love of art with her 8 grandchildren
Sue’s work has been in several shows and has won honors, including 6 first place awards in the South Oakland Artists Association’s monthly artist competitions, and an Artist of the Year award in abstract category, 2016-2017.
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