Viewing the world from a meditative practice, I call myself a Contemplative Artist. To me, contemplative art is the product of creative expression rising from the pure joy of creating, grounded in a meditative connection to the radiance and perfection of spirit known only through one’s experience of being fully human.

During a contemplative experience one does not observe anything specific but rather a feeling emerges from the meditation. Likewise, I choose to create work that does not refer to any specific location or time. I choose instead to invite the viewer into my meditation of my collected emotional responses from residing for forty-five years in Colorado.

Each painting lives in its own place and time. It breathes on it’s own, free from a particular association, reflecting back to the viewer a new way of seeing. The painting changes as the viewer breathes in detail, subtleties of shape, and nuance of color. Then the painting breathes back to the viewer. A relationship ensues.

The painting process begins with heavy application of oil paint with a pallet knife to create texture. After the layer of thick paint dries and hardens, I begin the next layer, painting the contemplated image. Color and texture are the predominate features of my work, especially creating unique hues to reveal a particular mood. After applying untold layers of paint to create unique colors, my interpretation of my heart-centered experience arrives on the canvas.

Art is a vehicle for exploring the exterior and interior landscape of our existence on this planet. Using images that are familiar from the environment to express in a non-verbal manner my life experience, I invite you to gaze, without labels, into my shared contemplation.

Book:

Contemplative Art, 2015 (Self Published on Blurb) Link to Book Website

 

Articles:

"Le Point Vierge", Desert Call Magazine, Winter Edition 2014

"Spiritual Practice of the Heart", Desert Call Magazine, Fall Edition 2014

"Art Talk: Prospect's Contemplative Artist - Suzanne Frazier", Zona Prospect Magazine, September 2014

"Art of Colorado", Southwest Art Magazine, May 2014

"The Safety of Sacred Place, Desert Call Magazine, Summer Edition 2011

"Sacred Space Rediscovered", Desert Call Magazine, Spring Edition 2011

"A Heart Ripped Open", Desert Call Magazine, Summer Edition 2010

"The Perfect Attack of the Heart", Desert Call Magazine, Spring Edition 2008

"The Creative Process: Healing & Resurrection in Art", Desert Call Magazine, Summer Edition 2006

"A Contemplative View", Desert Call Magazine, Summer Edition 2005

 

 

 

 

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