Listening to artist Sue Marshall's story about how she was scarred by art was both sad and heart-wrenching. I couldn't help but feel bad when I read her story. But, I was appreciative that she had the guts to tell it!
"As early as kindergarten, I was traumatized by art. Due to a childhood issue with my left eye, along with 2 surgeries by the age of 4, I had to wear a pirate patch to school to strengthen my bad eye," says Sue. "The trauma of wearing a patch for over 3 years transformed my world. I had to trace pictures in a coloring book to strengthen my eye for up to an hour daily."
She also noted that this process "started as a prescription for health, mushroomed into an interest, and then eventually became an obsession."
When Sue was a teen, her first part-time job was a mentorship with a graphic artist.
"This helped plant the seed for eventually going to the first public art college in FL," says Sue.
From there, she began working with vinyl graphics and then built her own successful business, Express Grafix and Signs for over 28 years.
"I designed and installed lettering on anything from Race Cars to Cruise Ships, but there was always something missing. One day, a few years ago, a dear friend of mine Karen Renee Robb, invited me to a backyard painting party," says Sue. "A few paints and brushes in hand, I had painted my first painting since art school. This was the inspiration I needed to boost and then catapult myself into the new LOVE of my life, acrylic painting!"
Sue has lived in Nashville for over 19 years and feels inspired by historical aspects of the city!
"I have always had a love and respect for antiques and older things that were made with care," says Sue.
You can find her appreciation of vintage items in her "photography, and paintings along with old cars, trucks, antiques, barns, country scenes and the city views where I attempt to bring new life to old things," says Sue.
You'll often find Sue at home with her partner, Sallie Gross and "4 legged child Lexi" in the Hermitage, TN area.
To learn more about Sue, please visit her Facebook page here.