100 Creatives

38: Suzanne Falk

Suzanne Falk
grew up in Phoenix with a family of artists. Her training came from spending time on the other side of the canvas -- as an artist's model for more than 14 years. Falk took up painting full-time as a means to "stay sane."

"My work is an escape as well as a submersion into magical thinking, childhood, and life traumas," Falk writes. "It is based on visions, DREAMS, horrors, the search of love, salvation, dark humor, and gifts that I find on long walks through Phoenix, the city of my birth, my capture and comfort."

Read more about Falk and her work after the jump ...

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
I just don't really work like that. I don't have any set things that inspire me, nor do I have anything resembling an "inspiration wall", but things I think about a lot while I create my paintings are death, loss, salvation, as well as dreams, magic, nightmares, and love -- my work is very based in suffering and recovering things I've lost, wished I never found, or simply can't imagine yet.

2. What was your last big project?

That would be the Seventh Avenue StreetScape project. They blew up one of my paintings and put it on a big light box. It's huge it's awesome and it glows like a big view-master reel.

3. What's your next big project?

Right now I'm completing a new series of paintings that I call "the hornet's nest" -- I'm really not sure when or where i will show them -- I'll figure that out when I'm done working on them.

Outside of this, I'm teaching two new classes at the Scottsdale Artists' School; one this fall and the other is early 2011. I love to teach and I really feel I offer something new to students who are just starting out or seeking a way to make their voice heard as well as get a handle on the basics of realism.

4. What do you think the Phoenix art scene needs more of?
Patrons, patron saints, and more shade trees.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? (And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)
I feel my work is prophetic - maybe not in the traditional sense but something more from the ether. with each new painting I start I will feel very sure of the story I am trying to tell, yet as each week passes I find that the painting evolves to tell me something new - reminding me of something magical, by the time I finish it's so far from what I first thought yet makes so much sense it gives me a total rush. I love that my work can grow like this and I find great pleasure in letting the story continue with someone else.

as for what i don't want phoenix to know about me?

Phoenix is pretty good at coming up with things I don't want it to know without any help from me.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

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