Finding art to bring a sense of joy to her life in central North Carolina, photorealist Susan Harrell aspires to uplift her viewers, showcasing the beauty and strength found in the fabric of everyday life.
Her major focus is still life, but a diversity of genres and subject matter can be found in her work. Harrell is a self-taught artist who began by replicating the works of Renaissance masters, eventually transitioning to her own original works in 2009.
Her style incorporates supersaturated colors, high contrast, and the focus on detail characteristic of contemporary photorealism. Dramatic lighting is often a key element and Harrell enjoys making use of surfaces with reflective qualities such as glass, water, and chrome.
She strives to not only bring objects to life in her paintings, but to relate the subject matter to something personal through subtle metaphor. Often the titles of her work contain a play on words to describe the connection between her subjects and the concept that gives them significance to the artist.
Susan Harrell is a self-trained contemporary oil painter who began her work full-time in 2009.
She lives in her hometown of Asheboro, among the foothills of central North Carolina, where she operates a studio gallery showcasing her work.
Susan paints primarily on canvas and wood panels, while also taking on interior and exterior mural projects in a variety of settings.
She paints a high level of detail that is photorealistic in style, intensifying select colors and drawing attention to an amplified spectrum of light and dark.
Susan’s work is often inspired by travel and the beauty present in everyday life, combined with subtle reflections on matters of faith and personal discovery.
"When you step into the new art gallery of Susan Harrell, you will be enraptured by the pieces on the wall, many of which look like photographs.
There are paintings of strawberries and peppers that look like they can be plucked straight from the canvas and eaten. In another painting, crisp, green leaves appear to rustle as you walk by."
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Represented in Los Angeles by The Wolf Fine Art. 310-890-5428
Susan Harrell paintings