Susan Blankenship

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A beautifully baked loaf of peasant bread can inspire a painting, a pastel drawing, or a print. My summer garden provides a visual as well as an epicurean bounty. A delicate pastry can reveal endless nuances of texture and color, as might a beautiful face, a hibiscus bloom, or a sunset. My subject matter may vary widely, but it always serves as a catalyst for creative interpretation.

I have often pondered the words of Nietzche: “We have art in order not to die of the truth.” The world can be an ugly and harsh reality, but as long as I can transmute that truth into something more bearable and bring a bit of joy to anxious eyes, then I have done my job while becoming a better version of myself.