Contemporary Art by SusanMaryZ
Wildwood Studio sits outside the village of Hillsboro, NM in the foothills of the Black Range Mountains and at the edge of the Gila National Forest. This site is for the presentation of artist Susan Reynolds' latest works. As of late July 2017 the artist began using SusanMaryZ as her art signature. SusanMaryZ is her given name, her middle name, and the first initial of her maiden name.
About my art...
Welcome to my site! I am very happy to share my latest bodies of work with you.

Crosses for Prayerscame to me while I was in Denver assisting family members who were in a time of disruption and distress. The first couple of crosses were dark and somewhat muddy. I painted over them. Back in my studio with many windows and bright lighting I am compelled to continue painting crosses. They give me peace. Each is a prayer. Not just for my family members who continue to suffer but also for those who will purchase them. A small blessing goes with each one as it finds a new home. They are acrylic on canvas and currently come in two sizes: 5" x 7" and 8" x 10."

The DNA series: abstract geometric drawings built around actual connections to newly discovered "cousins" through DNA. For a person who grew up with no first cousins it has been an amazing journey from autonomy to finding that I share DNA with hundreds of others. How we are connected is a vital part of the development of this series.

Walking is part of my studio practice. I have had more than one walking adventure that resulted in my covering unfamiliar land 100 miles or more at a time. Such walks have deepened my relationship with landscape and nature. Drawn to minimalist works, my interpreted landscapes are acrylic paintings on canvas. They are inspired by the beauty of New Mexico and especially by places I see regularly whlle out and about from home. Those shown on the Geometry of Landscape page are studies in several small sizes: 5" x 5". 5" x 7", 8" x 8", and 10" x 20". It is my intent to enalrge the ones that work best for me. This page is truly one in a state of evolution.

Monoprints also called monotypes are one-of-a-kind original prints. Mine are made with the use of gelli plates and open acrylics. Sometimes my prints are multi-printed meaning I layer colors, textures, and patterns by repeating the printing process on the one sheet of paper. Sometimes I add details after the printing is done by drawing or painting elements with India ink. Each print is unique. There are no editions.

A beginning in Portraits is my work as a student learning about paint and about portraits at the same time. I have never studied either. The pieces shown on this page are my attempts as I work my way through two different online classes. They are far from perfect works but I am not apologetic as they show that I am challenging myself, growing as an artist, having fun, and staying creative.

Please feel free to contact me if you've any questions about the pieces shown on the website.
I am grateful for the time you've spent here.
Best wishes,
Bodies of Work
Crosses for Prayers
DNA series
Geometry of Landscape
a beginning in Portraits