Surrounded in her home and studio by
the Indian artifacts she collects and paints, Sue Krzyston
believes these objects represent the “soul” of the
people who create them. She says, “I strive to capture
that soul on canvas. I want to take something alive,
something from the earth, and make them become alive in my
still life paintings.” A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
this gifted painter took a few art classes in high school.
But a career outside the art world diverted her attention
for many years. Finally, in 1982, Sue decided to take a
painting class. It was a life-changing decision. “I was
driven from the first time I started painting.” Within one
year her teacher felt she was ready for competition.
Krzyston submitted slides of her work
to the prestigious George Phippen Memorial Art Show and was
accepted, as she’s been every year since. At her first
show she sold seven paintings. Within four years she had won
a Silver Medal at the Phippen show, followed by a Gold medal
in 1991 and another Silver in 1992.
Now a full-time artist, Sue says, “I
still feel pure joy when I’m painting. I have loved since
my first class and I have no desire to do anything
different. I love choosing the way things go together, how
colors mesh and compliment each other.”
Sue has broadened the scope of her subject matter by
painting the artifacts of the American Cowboy, and also more
traditional objects, such as cobalt vases, fruit and lace.