Sue Barrasi spent her formative years in New York State’s Hudson Valley among the bucolic mountains. It was there she felt the irresistible pull of nature and began painting in attempt to capture on canvas the beauty she saw at every turn. Earning her BA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Sue dove headfirst into the competitive world of commercial illustration where she landed jobs at McCall’s Magazine, Viking Press and Chelsea House Publications. She has been commissioned to create book covers, posters, ads and postage stamps. While freelancing, she traveled the world soaking in the works of the masters especially Claude Monet and Joaquin Sorolla.
While continuing her studies at the Art Students League she decided to leave the world of illustration to pursue gallery work. At the Ridgewood Art Institute she studied with American Master John Phillip Osborne , discovering the prismatic palette which she continues to explore to this day. Osborne’s impact on her sensibilities can not be put into words.
According to AlphaArt.com, “With each purposeful brush stroke, Barrasi emits an energy that radiates with vibrancy, warmth and clarity. Her works celebrate the boundless wonder of the world around her. The potency of still life motifslies within the styles ability to accentuate beauty within the seemingly mundane. She relishes exploring the potential of paint to craft abstract visuals caressed in the beauty of light. With her ultimate goal of balancing the serenity of her images with sophisticated complexity Barrasi strives to bring joy to her viewers.” Sue has won numerous awards and accolades, her workshang in numerous private collections, museums and galleries throughout the United States. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Salmagundi Art Club, American Women Artists and The Ridgewood Art Institute. She participates in regional and international competitions, exhibits in galleries and teaches in New York and New Jersey.
You can visit Sue's website to view more of her work here.