Susan Thomas is from Hartford, Connecticut and has lived in many parts of the United States.  She currently lives in Great Falls, Montana where she maintains a studio and enjoys walking along the Missouri River, hiking in the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park and exploring the Big Sky country. Inspiration for her work comes from the natural environment, particularly areas near streams, rivers, oceans, and woodlands and from the rich interactions of daily life with friends and family. Susan has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Artist's Statement

Paper, willow, and cottonwood boats, drawn vessels on wood panel, and tied cane constructions that constitute my current body of work are connected by concerns with the interaction of interior and exterior spaces, grid systems and forms that simultaneously contain and release, meditatively repetitive patterns of drawn lines and tied cane, willow, and cottonwood “lines”, and passages through visual and conceptual space.  Just as importantly, the work reflects my love of form, texture, and color originating from a lifelong observation of and delight in the natural world.