Enter through a wooden gate to the left of Susan Trott's home and you will find a cute green studio in the back yard. Susan Trott heard about Jarvis Construction building studios for other local artists and was eager to have one of her own. The construction began in January and just finished this month. She is still in the process of moving things into the space but already has two new paintings going on separate easels.
The studio is one spacious room with a lot of natural light. Trott used to paint in her garage but this suits her much better because of the large windows and tube lights letting the sun in through the ceiling.
Susan enjoys doing plein air painting in different areas of Charleston but she also likes to take photos of the buildings and use them as a reference when painting in her studio. She has several old photos of past Charleston buildings and likes to keep track of how things change as the city develops.
Susan has been sketching a lot and trying to focus more on shapes and colors rather than perspective in her work. One artist who has been inspiring her is Catherine Kehoe, whose work has influences of cubism. Susan is also looking forward to taking a class this summer at the Cullowhee Mountain Arts at Western Carolina University and further experiment with new techniques!