Suzanne Stratton was born and raised in Holdrege, where she has lived almost all of her life. As a child, she was always doodling or drawing and painting, and she assumed that she would one day be an artist. After graduating from Holdrege High School in 1965, she studied at Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated with a BA in Education with a major in Spanish. College art classes were not what she was looking for, but the language and culture of Spanish had always been another interest. She became a Spanish teacher in her hometown, and over the yearsm it was a very fulfilling career. Art never left her heart, however, and found its place even in her Spanish teaching, and other activities. Painting scenery for plays, murals on walls, decorating for prom, illustrations for stories, or just for fun, art was always part of her life, and something that brought her joy. She has enjoyed using various mediums, including pencil, pen and ink, markers, pastels, watercolor, oils, acrylics, and even spray paint, sometimes combining them. She likes to create realistic portraits and scenery but has been experimenting with abstract or fantasy, and surreal expressionism. Belonging to an Art Guild, or spending time with artistic friends, also has enriched her experience, and now that she is retired from teaching, she has discovered that maybe she can call herself an “artist” after all. Suzanne is married to Russ Stratton, who is a musician that recently retired from a long career at Allmand Brothers in Holdrege. Suzanne and Russ are both photographers. They are parents of two grown children, and are also grandparents, which is the best part of it all.
From the Artist:
My feeling for art has a spiritual side to it, and although I can draw or paint what I see in physical reality, I would rather express a deeper meaning and say something with my art that is difficult or impossible to put into words. I want people who look at my work to think and find a significance for themselves, but of course, it is fine if they just enjoy looking at it.
Below are a few images of this artist’s work. To view more images or to purchase art from this Nebraska rural artist, please visit her website at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/suzanne-stratton.html
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