ABOUT THE WORK
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am an after-midnight artist. Bringing emotion to action, my imagery emerges from darkness and unknowns. The catalyst for my work comes from four women influences. My first discipline was innovative dance training with postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. The second was plein air watercolor technique with Peg Benedict, my mother. Another was community-building enterprise with Mary Jorgensen, a Quaker political activist. A fourth resource was daily work in a ceramics studio with Eunice Prieto, making pottery for the sake of experimentation when applying glazes. After early training in the sciences: a B.A. in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, CA, I shifted my focus to the arts, completing a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, again at Mills, concluding with a thesis interpretation of music and literature in paint. These experiences have shaped the parameters of my form and color. The Mills College Library in Oakland has a permanent piece of mine titled “A Promise Is A Lotus Unfolding” (name: Susan Baldassari). Studio 41 in Benicia, CA shows and sells my work. Other installations include private homes and offices in Benicia, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe and Hollywood and a restaurant in San Rafael. My participation in “Abstract Aspects of the Universe” is currently on display at Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA through June 2016.