Educational Art Blog

About the Blog

This is an educational blog. I will show videos and images of how I work with clay, hand made paper, encaustic and painting. Hope fully in time others artists will also share their process on this blog.

About Susana

Susana Arias was born in Panama City, Panama.
She lives in Santa Cruz where she is a sculptor and painter.
In 1987 she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for her sculpture series “Earthworks”
In 1997 she won the “Environs Enhancement Award” from Cal Trans for her public art “Finding our Past” on the Bay Ave. / Porter St. Underpass
For this art work she was also honored by the California Archaeological Society for “Artistic Achievement and Advancement of Archaeological Awareness”
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of the OAS in Washington D.C., The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama, Rep. of Panama, Museo Bolivariano in Santa Marta, Colombia, , Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Museo del Barro in Caracas, Venezuela, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California. Susana created “Arch at the Polo Grounds” in Aptos, for the County of Santa Cruz.
Working with Santa Cruz local youth she has created:
“Light Time” (a working sundial), a traffic circle on King St. “Sentinel”, a bas relief architectural ceramics sculpture at Aptos Jr. High “Our City, Our Town”, the bas-relief tiles around the Police department “Spring and Fall” two traffic islands on Swift St. and
“Small Creatures ” a traffic island on Trescone St. and
numerous murals at school sites: Westlake, De Laveaga, Vine Hill Her work is in private collections in the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America.
Susana’s new series of sculptures in clay, consist of simple forms that represent nests, stylized birds and eggs placed within colorful abstractions of trees. Her work reflects her sensitivity to materials and her control of simple elegant forms.
”I am very lucky to be able to do for a living what I truly love, and that I have been able to share this love with others”