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Susan Shoemaker

Booth Number: 465

2D-MM
Irondale, AL
www.pencilpress.etsy.com
pencilpress@gmail.com

Artist Bio
A Birmingham native, I received my BFA from the University of Montevallo in 2000 with a double concentration in printmaking and sculpture (with painting not too far behind). However, after leaving UM, I found myself as a printmaker without a press, and returned to my first love of drawing creating a studio called “pencilpress”.

Current works include graphite drawings, acrylic paint, and photo transfers on wood panel, canvas, and paper. I prefer the wood panel as it can handle the several coats of under painting and several layers of drawing that I do to achieve the final look of a textural drawing.

Using animals as my primary subject matter can be tricky. I try to find a balance between straightforward representation and having a sense of humor about myself and my work. My goal is that the animals are well represented, funny when intended, and always portrayed in an interesting way.

Since fall 2011 I have exhibited at; Moss Rock Festival, Avondale’s Holiday Craft Bazaar, Art on R Mountain (where I was awarded their third place best in show, the Maystein Founders Prize), and Magic City Art Connection. Throughout the year you can find me rotating between Bottletree’s Flea, other smaller events, and working on original pieces as well as commissions.