Artist of the Month – Susanne Cederlund
Acrylics to brighten up your Day!
Born in Gothenburg on the East Coast of Sweden, Susanne Cederlund is now hoping to take her part-time art career and turn it into a full-time gig. She attended an arts high school in Värmland and moved to Stockholm in 1988. Her paintbrushes were unfortunately put aside for a few years but now she paints part-time but hopes to change that to full-time to fulfill her childhood dream. She’s even an old employee of the Tower!
When did you know you wanted to become an artist and when did it become a passion for you?
Early. I started when I was small and I wanted to be an artist when I was young already, so for as long as I can remember. I went to an art high school in Värmland for two years. The school wasn’t always uplifting for me though. In 2013, I decided to breathe new life into my dream of being a professional artist. This after years of self-doubt, anxiety and conforming to other people’s expectations.
How did you develop your style as an artist?
Creativity has always been a strong force in my life. Be it painting, drawing, photography, scrap-booking or jewelry making. I like to mix colors together that you wouldn’t expect to mix together. When I paint I lose track of time, often listening to really loud music. I don’t set up or follow any rules in my art. I do what feels best, right there, in the moment. Although, I have always tended to focus a lot on the details. I can spend forever on a specific detail, which makes me somewhat of a slow painter. My art is vibrant with color and contrasts. I like the unexpected and thinking outside of the box.
“For me art is if you feel that it’s right and feel that you’re doing it right, then it is right.”
Obviously art is important to you, but do you think it’s important for others and why?
I put my feelings and thoughts in a mix of objects and colors. Of course it’s a bonus for me if someone else finds joy in what I do. I want people to feel something when they see my work, whether it’s happiness, or see themselves or pick up any feelings from it. Art is in the eyes of the beholder. What I see and feel can be totally different to others.
Which artists do you draw inspiration from and why?
I don’t really have any specific artists that I am inspired by.Sure I follow some people on Instagram but I get a lot of my inspiration from faces, feelings, fashion, music and the real world. I can see a mannequin and get inspired. My favorite subject is faces. A face always has something to say and tells its story without words. Inspiration is all over.