I am Susana F. Blanco, a Spanish artist now based in Saudi Arabia teaching Design at PMU University.
I have always loved to paint, explore, learn, and create new things. I started drawing on the walls of my parents’ house and, after many years of failure and reinvention, here you can see me fulfilling my dreams. I am right now in a stage of progress and evolution. It is being extremely hard, but I am enjoying the journey. My heart tells me that this effort would be worth it.
After many years of exploring many painting technics, now I am focussing in encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as wax painting, involves using heated beeswax and Dammar resin mixed with coloured pigments. This technique was used in the Fayum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100–300 AD.
The benefits of this medium to me are its dimensional quality and bright colour, although is technically difficult to master. Also, I am interested in using this technique in murals and outdoor paintings because the well resistance to sun and weather conditions.
I have over sixteen years of experience in teaching Art and Design. I have an International PhD in Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art and double BA (Hons) in Art and Design, one from the UK and the other from Spain.
The topic of my doctoral thesis was, “The Use of Beeswax as a Material in the Arts and its Applications from the 20th Century to the Present.” I am also passionate about sustainability, and I am in a continuous research to find ways to find sustainable materials for my studio.
My paintings are for those who really love bright and vibrant colours. I love to play with organic images of Nature related to my own feelings and experiences with almost Baroque contrasts and movements.
I like the game of hiding things in my abstract paintings that perhaps no one can see or each one interprets in a different way: how the same reality looks different when it passes through each one’s soul filter. I also really like to represent the human figure trying to mix it with Nature as if it were a unique entity.
I do not reduce the painting to the mental operation, although I consider it essential.
The sensations are in the base of my work, looking for a synthesis between emotion and forms. I feel the passion to watch, to live, to love and to emotionally retain these experiences.
I have a great respect to drawing because it is a space builder and its gesture distinguishes the work of each artist.
My painting is between the representation of the reality and the pure construction of volumes. The stones almost with tactile qualities. The seas and skies with an impossible colour. They always have something of sadness and threaten. Brave sea but always in rest. Everything can happen in its immense contained force.
I paint by necessity, eagerness of communication. My greater expressive necessity is looking for the deepest communication. When I discover something interesting, I love to share it. It would be a crime for me to keep it to myself. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I like teaching.
I rediscovered encaustic three years ago and fell in love with this technique. Through my PhD research I have realized that it is not very widespread in other countries as it is in the USA and I want to spread it wherever I live because it is wonderfully amazing.
I am passionate about the idea of a sustainable world and one of my dreams would be to design and create a totally independent and sustainable artist studio … maybe it is impossible, but I would love to try it 😊
All the paintings are handmade and can be personalised for clients’ requirements.