Suzanne Tyler

Artist Statement

I make art because I have an unceasing desire to improve upon my talent and to learn new, exciting techniques with new materials and textures. Expressing my love of color, fluid motion and even repetitive lines on paper or in glass is my way of visually tying nature’s symmetry with our designed world to demonstrate harmony with our environment and community. I especially want to create beautiful things that people enjoy for either their diversification of colors, artistic flow, or contrast. My art is unique in that it takes many forms-glass, paper and ink, clay, fabric, and paint, but primarily glass. I have always enjoyed creating beautiful pieces that catch the viewer’s eye, usually with carefully chosen vibrant colors, dynamic line placement, or dramatic contrast between colors and black and white. Because visual art form is an accessible way of communicating without the barrier of language or cultural restrictions, my goal is try to convey intrigue as to how my art was created and to encourage thoughtful, engaging discussion about the sustainable balance between art and our constructed world. Part of my process before beginning a new piece of glass or relief print is to look at many pictures of example subjects, (such as a specific type of fish, for example) that I am about to recreate in glass or on paper.
I frequently select my themes by looking at other visual representations-pictures taken while at the seaside , during hikes, or during bicycle trips through pastoral countryside locations. My finished work may be representative of one subject or of materials associated with that subject, such as leaves, acorns, or winding pathways through wooded areas when thinking about a tree. I try with my work to breathe life into my images so that the essence of the land and environment is displayed in my glass.
I am currently working on several fused glass and relief printing projects. Relief printing is a completely different medium from glass, and I find it very challenging and rewarding to create with carved images, ink and paper. I was first exposed to this art and print form in 2017 when Beaverton City Hall held a month-long display of artwork on the fourth floor that was almost exclusively relief printing. I was fascinated by it. I felt I had to learn more about this art form, and feel that this medium is a form of art that I will be working with for a long time, as there are very few limitations on the diversity of two dimensional representations that can be created with it.