Susan Pragaspathy lives and works in Chicago, IL. She has degrees in Fine Art (Painting), Art History and French from Indiana University, Bloomington with a Master in Education, Aquinas College. Always curious and learning something new, Susan explores ideas in image-making techniques while working mainly in oil paints. She incorporates concepts from representation to abstraction using oil sticks, ink, charcoal, pencil, oil pastels, watercolor, acrylic paints and image transfers, printmaking, ceramics and illustration.
Yet one similarity Susan has noticed between various forms of expression has to do with reduction. “My paintings are personal reflections, story-telling and interpretations. They generally begin with a concept, drawings and colorful sketches on paper and they have begun in iPhone apps. Then working backwards, I subtract until the idea has distilled. I love working in layers and allowing the under painting to shine through.”
Imbued with natural forms, her work is characterized by layers of muted colors and splashes of bright color. Her work is a delicate balance of intricate linear forms and concentrated layers of color.
In becoming a painter, "I have realized that I have aligned myself with the history of visual representation that dates back to the beginning of humanity. I am humbled and grateful for the moments that have led me here. The ups and downs and the subtleties; such as seeing a pretty flower painted on baby’s cradle from the 1600s in an stark grey historical home in Sweden that reminded me of the strong connection between painting and inspiration."
Her work is held in private collections all over the world.