There’s no pat answer to the question “What does Susannah Virginia Griffin paint?” An intricate array of images, objects, people, and scenes can be found among Susannah’s works.
That said, Susannah does often channel her artistic talents into creating breathtaking images of women. Here are several of her most recent paintings.
“From the Heart” – A portrait of Jesus’ mother Mary, this painting was completed by candlelight in just half an hour. It was inspired by Susannah’s trip to the Vatican.
“Ms. February” – Susannah says that this work, which was done with a palette knife, is the first in a series of paintings that she will create.
“Stockholm” – The title of this work comes from the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome,” where a person (the woman in the painting) experiences conflicting feelings as to whether someone is protective or oppressive.
“His” – No, Susannah did not use a model; she painted this stunning image completely from her head. The work’s title comes from the fact that Susannah’s husband loved it so much.
“Marilyn” – Susannah’s portrayal of the great Marilyn Monroe, whose image is eternal yet constantly evolving over time. (Notice that Marilyn has no beauty mark, which is Susannah’s choice because the mark wasn’t real.)
“Mother” – In this painting, Susannah brilliantly captures one of the realities of motherhood: that these women tend to give so much of themselves to their families that they lose part of their own identities in the process.
“World Traveler” – Susannah refers to the woman in this painting as a younger picture of herself. This lady is currently between worlds through which she travels.
To view these and many other of Susannah’s works, come visit the Griffin Gallery in the Upper Kirby area of Houston. You can make an appointment for viewing by calling 713-438-5220.