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Susie  Gillatt

Photo of colorful reflections on top of the water in Indonesia
San Juan River side canyon digital painting

Abstracts, Landscapes, Travel images, Wildlife, Natural Patterns,  Water Reflections, Mixed-Media and Paintings.

I am inspired by nature and captivated by light.  My art primarily features landscape photography and mixed-media.   Abstract natural patterns fascinate me!   I like seeing how light forms unusual shapes and constantly changes colors within a landscape. Photography allows me to capture and express an instant in time.    Some of my  images intentionally look like paintings.  Sometimes I combine my photographs with additional digital or traditional paint.

    I began photographing and experimenting with different types of media in college, perhaps secretly wanting to become a painter.  But the camera was, and still is, my first love and so photography continues to be my primary artistic medium.  As I visually and emotionally respond to a subject, I sometimes imagine how to add other mediums to transform my photographs into even more personal and unique works of art.  Many of my digital paintings are created to look like dreamy, watercolor landscapes.  When I composite multiple images of photographs with watercolor or acrylic paintings of the same subject, it creates even more visual surprises.  I really enjoy this visual chemistry!  A series of my abstract photographs becomes a dynamic display of the beautiful and intricate designs found in nature.  

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona.  My education also included studying photography at the Banff Centre in Canada, and under Louis Carlos Bernal at Pima Community College.  I worked as a photographer and in different capacities in the field of video production.  In 1989, Terra Chroma, Inc. was created as a multi-media studio. After initially specializing in the production of educational videos, my focus is now on photography and scientific illustrations for academic books and journals.  For my own art, I especially enjoy combining photography with other artistic mediums.  My award-winning art has been displayed in galleries in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Susie Gillatt

Death Valley