Featured Artist, October: Sue Barrasi
“I am mesmerized by natural light and it is this passion that drives me to paint,” says Bronx native and Tappan, NY resident, Sue Barrasi. “Painting in north light forces me to quickly make decisions. Painting is not just my passion but my addiction.”
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Barrasi traveled Europe and devoured the works of the masters — especially Claude Monet with whom she has been obsessed with since childhood. While in Spain, she discovered the wonders of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida , who has also greatly influenced her work.
“I strive for deliberate application of paint, trying to make every brushstroke significant,” she explains. “I continue to explore composition, love moving a horizon, or sometimes playing with pattern. Sometimes I forget all the above and fall in awe of the sunlight dancing on a scene or object and just grab my brushes and go!”
Barrasi found her way to the Art Students League where she had the incredible fortune of studying with Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, and Gregg Kreutz. Soon she started winning awards in juried shows, and continued to travel, financed by illustrating for various magazines and freelancing at New York City ad agencies.
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. His collective impact on her sensibilities cannot be put into words. It was there where she explored the prismatic palette which she continues to study today.
Barrasi has been awarded an Art Students League Artist in Residency and a New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artist Grant
She serves as juror for national and local art shows and continues to compete in juried exhibitions.
Throughout her career, Barrasi has also designed postage stamps, book covers, images for men’s apparel, international logos, backdrops for off-Broadway plays, and posters.
Barrasi is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Liaison, Portrait Painters of America, and a lifetime member of the Art Students League.
Click here to view her work.
The Sue Barrasi exhibit runs October 1 – 29 and her paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome, and admission is free.
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 or visit www.gearygallery.com.