Shuk Susan Lee
Shuk Susan Lee was originally born in Hong Kong but moved to Boston 30 years ago. Since childhood she always had a passion for pencil portrait, but not until 10 years ago she discovered the beauty of pastel. All it took was one afternoon of trying out pastel while visiting a friend; she fell in love with pastel ever since.
Susan has been juried into numerous international and national juried shows. Her most significant achievements to date include the 35th IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) juried 2019 web show, and one of the 50 finalists in the 2019 UART international online competition. She has recently won the Creativity Prize at the “Les Pastellistes” international juried exhibition in Montreal held by Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, and few other awards in the national juried shows.
Susan is not only a juried associate member of Pastel Society of America, but also an elected artist member of American Artists Professional League. She is also a signature member of the Central Mass Pastel Society, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.
Having lived in Hong Kong and Boston all my life, as well as having visited many other multi-cultural cities abroad, I relate to urban scenes and people. My painting inspirations come from the cities I have visited, the people I have met, and the different cultures I have experienced. Recently, I have been drawn to complex urban scenes where I like the challenge of playing with abstract shapes and lines in my compositions. In addition, I love having many elements for viewers to discover on their path through the painting.
My inspirations often start with a concept -- it could be a place with dramatic lighting, a relationship between people, or interesting visual patterns that I have observed. To tackle the complicated subject matter, I typically build an illusion of complexity over simple abstract shapes. I block in the basic shapes while leaving out some details, in order to give a sense of realism through an impressionistic approach.
I also like to evoke feelings with my artworks. I will change a color or time of the day to create a certain atmosphere. Figures heighten emotions because as humans we naturally relate to people’s moods and actions. Therefore, I sometimes use figures to add not only scale, but also narratives and life to the scenes.
Life is rich and vibrant, and I convey this by using complex subject matters, figures for narratives, and a more saturated palette as my artistic language. My art is a way of putting all my interests and passions together to share my personal experiences and feelings with others.