Thank you Judy Berman for coordinating random interviews with our members for CBAA facebook and our newsletter. She asked Susan Blakeslee the following questions:
What is your position in CBAA? How long have you been a member? What community do you live in? Where are you from originally?
I’m not a very active member, but I try and be supportive…I can’t remember when I joined. My great-grandfather was the first settler in Rockledge in 1869, and my family and I have lived in Rockledge or Cocoa ever since. I currently live in Cocoa.
What's your inspiration when creating art?
My inspiration depends on what I’m painting. I’m primarily a nature-landscape painter and when I paint either en plein air or from a photograph, I’m inspired by the beauty of the world.
What's the best art gift you've received or given?
The best art gift I received was an Escoda Prado cat's tongue watercolor brush, size 20. I've bought several since Ralph (at the art store) gave it to me and I have encouraged my students to use one. Great brush. Great gift.
What short breaks - mental or physical - do you take to recharge?
I love walking along the Indian River or visiting a nature park…but I’m also an avid reader
Is there something you'd like to add here?
One of my great joys has been teaching art, and I’ve recently returned from Uganda where I taught people from the largest slum in Kampala to paint. They had never held a crayon or a paint brush and their enjoyment was palpable!
Susan is willing to do a presentation on her watercolor techniques and also her trip to Uganda at a future