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Artist: Susan Jochheim

Title: Hamilton
Description: Watercolor
Media: Watercolor
Size: 10 x 19
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About Susan Jochheim

Susan Jochheim, an award winning watercolor artist, who has been painting for over five years in watercolor. In addition, she is now working in a new medium creating Clay Art monoprints. In 2013, she retired from her very successful company and now lives in Los Gatos, California with her husband. With no formal art school training, she learned her craft from a well-known painter and teacher and further honed her skills by taking workshops. Susan is very active in the art community and is the current Workshops board chair of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. She is a member of NWS and CWA. In her spare time, Susan is an avid genealogist. Her passions are her family, friends, painting, genealogy and life.
Susan won the award for best use of color and technique in the 2014 Santa Clara Watercolor Society show. Her painting “Astoria” was also accepted into the 2017 CWA members exhibition held in Brentwood.

Artist statement:
Watercolor will always be my first love. I am very drawn to rich luscious color and always strive to create vivid paintings. In the past five years I have painted a variety of subjects, from cityscapes to florals to portraiture to landscapes in order to find the subject that most appeals to me. But, alas, I get bored easily and found I need to have excitement to keep me interested, which is why in addition to painting watercolors, I am experimenting with a new medium; Clay monoprints. It’s a fascinating process and I’m very excited about what can be achieved by this technique. I will be doing a demonstration of the process each day at 2:00 pm using a clay slab and paint mixed with clay slip to produce an abstract print. I have always gravitated to abstracts and have now found the medium that allows me to create bold yet playful expressions of art.