"(Her sculptures)... are to be admired in silence and whispers seem appropriate when one speaks of the thoughtfully created sculptures and the feelings they evoke... Whether developed from models or evolving from Johnson's mind pictures, her work is unfailingly inspirational and capable of taking up residence in any setting, elevating the ambiance accordingly."
~ Alice Tippery, The Saline Reporter, July 3, 1996
She studied sculpting in Paris and the Loire Valley of France, as well as in Montreal, Canada. She gathered inspiration after visiting the studios of world famous sculptors, David D'Anglers and Rodin, the creator of the famous sculpture "The Thinker."
"When I am sculpting, time stands still. I'm totally involved. All my emotions are put into it," she said. "If I have a vision, I want to carry it through to completion." Some days she will work as many as 10 hours straight. "It's a very solitary thing," said Suzanne.
Sculpting involves a great deal more difficulty that painting. Suzanne said painting involves work with design, composition and materials. With sculpting you have to make a composition from every view and every angle all the way around.
"As you're working, it has to look like a person and it has to be an interesting design, besides being correct," she said.
She starts with a piece of clay, about 50 pounds. Once she sculpts the clay, she takes a mold off of it to make a rubber mold with a plaster mold over top. Then the mold is opened and a special wax is poured into it. The wax is coated with a ceramic shell, then the wax is burned out and the bronze is poured in.
All her pieces are mounted on either marble or granite and are limited to no more than nine editions. Some pieces may be limited to as little as two editions.
On June 19, Suzanne received word that she had won the Award of Excellence in the Manhattan Arts International Competition in New York City.
She also received notification that her work was accepted in their "Contemporary Realism" competition in Philadelphia, PA. It is a juried competition where many people send in slides of their works, with a small percentage being accepted n the competition. Suzanne noted that it is a real honor.
Suzanne has done many sculptures that have been inspired by different things. The piece "She Walks in Beauty" was inspired by a Lord Byron poem. "Like a Queen" was inspired by the châteaux and castles of France.
Her sculpture of a young Rembrandt was taken from one of his many self portraits. Rembrandt was about 35 years old in the picture that Suzanne used and is titled "Portrait of Rembrandt." She also did the wife of a U.S. Ambassador to Africa , which is titled "U.S. Ambassador's Wife."
She has also been commissioned to sculpt the first president of the national ski association. It will be on display at the U.S. Nation Ski Hall of Fame and Museum.
Her series of torsos and figures called the Body Temple Series, is very special to Suzanne.
Suzanne's art education includes the Institute Beaux Arts of Montreal, Vaguel Institute in the Loire Valley, France. She was privately instructed by Per Ung of Oslo, Norway, and Sergio De Gusti, the professor of fine arts at Wayne State University.
Debra VanDenBerg, Tri-City Times, July 3, 1996
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