For 30 years, American-born painter Susan Handau has been evolving her own unique style of mixed-media art, combining encaustic wax, oil, inks, and various fiber materials into highly textured, multi-surfaced works.
"I gravitate toward the use of basic shapes to start. Using paint and tools, I apply reductive techniques with markings and scrapings to reveal multiple layers of paint under the surface.
I continue to reduce the shapes edges with a neutral color and create surface scratches to achieve the desired shapes. The organic elements are enclosed in space as if free floating and are defined by a contrasting background.
My work reflects my minimalistic attitude of life."
Handau, who has a BA in Art History from the University of Nevada, Reno, has exhibited her works in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Germany.
Recently, she was featured on PBS "ARTEFFECTS", Season 6/Episode 614. She was part of a 2019 group show at The Annex Gallery in Reno, Nevada. In 2018, she was privileged to be part of a group show, “Landscapes of Nevada” at Nevada Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada. She showed in the Hawai'i Nei 2016 Exhibition at Wailoa Center in Hilo, Hawaii.
In 2016, she was featured at McKinley Galleries East in Reno, Nevada. She also participated in the 2016 "Doors to Recovery" art project. Her work was exhibited in the 2016 Spring Show at Post Gallery and the Van Bokkelen Gallery at St. Mary's Art Center in Virginia City, Nevada.
She was featured as a demonstrating artist in 2015 at the Beverly Hills Art Show. In 2006, she received a Professional Endowment Grant from Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, Nevada. She took 1st place in painting at the 1999 North Kitsap Art Show, Port Gamble, Washington. In 1998, she was given an Honorable Mention in painting from the Beverly Hills Art Show. She lives and works in Reno, Nevada.