“Sometimes I fall in awe of the sunlight dancing on a scene or object and just grab my brushes and go,” says award-winning painter and Bronx native, Sue Barrasi. “I am mesmerized by natural light and it’s this passion that drives me to paint. Painting is not just my passion but my addiction,” she says.
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Barrasi traveled to Europe and devoured the works of the masters — Claude Monet’s work became an obsession, and she counts him as one of her greatest influences. While in Spain, she discovered the wondrous work of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida who has also inspired her paintings.
Barrasi found her way to the Art Students League in New York City where she had the incredible fortune to study with Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, and Gregg Kreutz. She started to win awards in juried shows, and continued to travel, financed by illustrating for various magazines and freelancing at NYC ad agencies. Barrasi has designed postage stamps, book covers, images for men’s apparel, international logos, backdrops for off–Broadway plays, and posters. She has been awarded an Art Students League, Artist in Residency Grant as well as a New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artist Grant.
When time came to raise her daughters, her true masterpieces, she laid her brushes aside and focused on fingerpainting, mudpies, and murals. Eventually she began teaching part time at private art schools in New York and New Jersey and taking on private students.
In 2014 she studied at the Ridgewood Art Institute with John Phillip Osborne. Barrasi stresses that his collective impact on her sensibilities cannot be put into words. It is here where she explored the prismatic palette which she continues to study today.
Barrasi strives for deliberate application of paint, trying to make every brush stroke significant. “I continue to explore composition, love moving a horizon or sometimes playing with pattern.”
Sue Barrasi’s exhibit runs February 1 – 28 and her paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free.
To view some of Barrasi’s stunning pieces, visit our online gallery.
Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633.