About Susanna Chen Chow
"One stream of communication that I am most comfortable with is painting. I communicate by exploring different media and different techniques such as layering of the surface to achieve rich textures to portray moods, feeling and beauty. I often start a painting without pre-conceived subject matter. Sometimes the painting itself dictates the images. At other times I introduce a simplified structure based on my traditional training in drawing, composition and design.
‘Working’ this way becomes play. Creativity can be about looking and making many small decisions during a painting until the subject reveals itself to me. I enjoy experimenting with texture and colour to capture movement and light using warm and cool colours.
My latest works involve the layering of acrylic paint to achieve a gradual build up of subtle textures. There is an underlying structure to the image which becomes obvious to the viewer with continued observation. Subjects include the water that I see every day from my home/studio on Middle Harbour as well as images witnessed on my many travels overseas. I love drawing; it is second nature to me. It is a form of meditation and directs me to be ‘in the moment’. "