Susan Proehl grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has lived in the East Bay, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and now resides in Sebastopol, CA. She is an abstract painter as well as a collage artist. She teaches collage workshops in her Sebastopol studio. She is also a partner at the Graton Gallery where she exhibits her work. She holds a BA with a double major in Art and Elementary Education from Cal Lutheran University. She studied ceramics at Cal State Hayward and Batik at Concord Academy in Concord, MA. She taught high school art on the East Coast and at Craigmont Elementary, Berkeley as a volunteer. She also founded both a rubber stamp company and a mini photography business. She has shown at many locations on the East Coast as well as the SF Bay Area including Graton Gallery, Bay Area Women Artists, O’Hanlon Center, Mill Valley, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, Studio 333 Sausalito, Berkeley Art Center, San Francisco Women Artists, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, Healdsburg Art Center, Red Shoes Gallery, Santa Rosa, Sofie Gallery, Calistoga, Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
Her process is intuitive with conscious observations made while layering and scraping, applying and reapplying paint, oil pastel, and graphite. Her scratches, pencil marks, colors and texture create old and new insights with what was. Her work often has an aerial perspective as her husband is an aerial photographer. The colors, patterns, and lines she discoverers while flying in the helicopter or from viewing his images as he edits make their way to her canvas.
This Quote from Oscar Wilde seems to sum up her abstract work. “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways” Website LINK