'Aussie Opal,' mixed media on board; 18 x 13.5 inches, framed size 23 x 19 inches
'Agate BeautyI, Series I, #1,' encaustic on board; 29 x 24 inches, framed size 32.5 x 27.5 inches
'Pearls of the Cave,' mixed media on board; 14 x 11 inches, framed size 19 x 16 inches
'Turquoise Topography I,' encaustic on board, 14 x 11 inches, framed size 23.5 x 20.5 inches
'Turquoise Topography II,' encaustic on board, 14 x 11 inches, framed size 23.5 x 20.5 inches
'Blood Agate,' mixed media on board, 11 x 14 inches, framed size 18.5 x 21.5 inches
'Opal in Black,' mixed media on board, 14 x 11 inches, framed size 23.5 x 20.5
Susan Connelly McClelland
Every piece of McClelland’s work communicates her fascination with gems, minerals, and all things natural. She uses encaustics and various mixed media to create the fascinating depths, layers, and jewel-like colors of gems and semi-precious stones. Her unique compositions suggest the mysterious flowing forces of the earth itself.
Artist's Statement: I was almost a geologist. When I started East Carolina University in 1979, I had to make a decision. The choice was whether to major in something practical where I could make a good living or risk poverty and study the one thing I knew I had a talent and passion for. My heart won out and after receiving a BFA in 1982, I became a professional artist for over 30 years. After spending all those years being creative for other people as a professional Interior Designer and Faux painter, I finally got the chance in 2013 to create art on my own terms. In Color Studio was built and I made the switch to fine art full time. My love for geology and all things natural never faltered. My work is a reflection of all my experiences—the discipline of Interior Design, the techniques of faux painting, the love of the outdoors and geology. I currently collect and study gems and minerals. Observing them under a magnifying glass, I can study the landscapes, layers and colors of each stone. I then use mixed media or encaustic to portray the beautiful compositions that make each stone unique.
Bio:A native of western North Carolina, Susan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and worked as a professional Interior Designer and Faux painter until 2013, when she was able to pursue her fine art career full time. As a faux painter she completed countless projects, both commercial and residential, in North Carolina, Florida, and California. Her mixed media work has been selected for juried shows, including the Jonesborough Open Juried Art Exhibition (2017 and 2018), and The Journeys of Women Art Show at the McKinney Center (2017 and 2018).
'Opal-ness,' mixed media on board, 14 x 11 inches, framed size 18.5 x 15.5 inches
'Dressed in Opal,' mixed media on board, 14 x 11 inches, framed size 23.5 x 20.5 inches
'Opal Forest,' encaustic on board, 20.5 x 26.5, framed size 24 x 30 inches