Susan Hart

Artist Statement

Creativity is not a separate act, but an integral part of being.  Creating art is not just something I do, but a manner in which I live.   It is about finding beauty in the mundane, each day observing the world as if I have never seen it before. I have always been intrigued with shape, color, line and texture. Using a mix of media within a non–objective/abstract theme allows me to explore those things while creating my collages and paintings.  

My work is much more than creating a pleasing design with my hand stained papers, acrylic paint and found items.  It is reflective of what I enjoy most, the creative process. It is about layers, layers that suggest themes of the spiritual aspects of time and human life.   Within the layers is the process, the journey I enter when I approach my paper and bring to light what is intrinsic, how it answers the stirring in my soul and the ability it has to move me in a new direction.

The final layers are added through community, conversations brought through the eyes of the viewer that expose layers of ideas and meaning that are new to me.  I am fascinated with how the viewer relates to my work.  It is through this dialog and relationship building that my creativity grows and flourishes.  


Susan Hart grew up in Gibbon Nebraska and now resides in rural Cozad Nebraska with her husband Jim.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from Kearney State College, Kearney Nebraska in 1981 and she taught art for 17 years in Nebraska Dawson County rural schools.  She continues to teach children’s workshops for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska as well as workshops for adults in collage and mixed media.

Susan has been accepted into solo and group juried exhibitions such as the Nebraska Arts Council - Governor’s residence program and Fred Simon Gallery, the International Society of Experimental Artists, National Collage Society, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs traveling exhibition, and the Nebraska Art Teachers Association juried exhibitions.  She has earned a signature membership with the International Society of Experimental Artists and Association of Nebraska Art Clubs.