October Morning

Susan Oomen

October Morning

About the Artist

Susan Oomen was born in Smith Falls, Ontario and has resided in Utopia, Ontario since 1993. Her art education commenced at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario where she graduated with a Bachelor of Art Education in 1976. After graduating Susan spent a year travelling through Europe. She added to her education with a degree of Bachelor of Education from York University, Toronto, Ontario, in 2000. Susan has had innumerable solo and group exhibitions throughout Ontario since her first show in 1976. Due to her dedication and creative abilities Susan has earned a number of awards including; The Ontario Arts Council Grant, which she has been given six times. Susan's work hangs in many corporate offices in Ontario and numerous private collections in Canada, U.K. and the U.S. She currently is represented by Roberts Gallery, Toronto, who will host an exhibition of Susan's current works in the summer of 2022.

Comments on the Work

Susan as an avid paddler comes to the world of water and canoes describing herself as an artist "that can't stop painting now." Her goal is to try and make sense of this world. Her work "October Morning" included in the canoe collection is a prime example of her desire to find perfect moments on the water and explore those moments through techniques of colour and unique light situations. A canoeist glides along the surface of the water utilizing a kayak paddle, the bright orange of the paddle contrasts with the glassy turquoise water, bands of white reflected light seem to push the canoe away from a misty far shore and into the gaze of the viewer. The artist has described her approach to painting as "providing a visual journey, as your eye travels up through the painting, taking in the water, the shoreline, horizon, sky and perhaps for .a few moments thru this journey we imagine ourselves there."