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Emotional and Exuberant: The Art Portfolio of Susan Harmon

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Susan Harmon is an abstract expressionist painter who works with with accounts of trauma and hope, forming colourful, gestural compositions -- often on raw, unstretched canvas. The artist’s works are both emotional and exuberant, introspective and extroverted. 

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Throughout her practice, Susan takes an artistic approach that’s informed and inspired by both her own experiences and the experiences of others, filtered through literature and second-hand accounts. The artist’s style is inspired by the likes of Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly, though she often take a slightly more holistic, mediated approach. I like the way the titles of Susan’s artworks give the viewer a hint as to the context or ideas behind an image. 

A screen capture of Susan Harmon's art portfolio


Susan blends texture and colour with an expert hand, often blurring the line between the two -- in some paintings, darker drips of pigment fall across flat planes of colour, giving the illusion of volume and shadow. In others, paint is applied in three-dimensional blobs for a similar yet wholly different effect.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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