Susan Grace Branch is a native-born Oregonian. Her love of the forests, fields and oceans of the Pacific Northwest along with their flora and fauna have called her back to her home state, most recently from southern Arizona. Susan's home is now in McMinnville, Oregon where she keeps studios for both wall art and jewelry making (wearable art.) Being here has certainly already influenced her creati...ve work. She is looking forward to more opportunities to deepen and expand this process.
Susan's artistic style would be considered eclectic, the consequence of a life-long fascination with possibility thinking, looking for the patterns that connect thoughts, ideas and philosophies inside of disciplines and between disciplines. Much of her work has been with diverse groups and with cross cultural groups. Susan is skilled in finding common ground with diverse groups and facilitating people to do the same. She finds it exciting to see people and groups celebrate and learn from their similarities and differences. Having studied, lived and worked interstate and internationally has been formative to this skill.
Susan's interests range from the sciences, the arts, archeology, anthropology, sociology, mythology and psychology and our interrelationship with the world that surrounds us in its many and varied forms. And, how to bring them together in a coherent form. Some of Susan's influences include Joseph Campbell, Gregory Bateson, Vincent van Gogh, 14th Dalai Lama, Milton Erickson, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Leonardo da Vinci, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ursula le Guin, Jackson Pollock, traditional Balinese painting, Rene Margritte, Marc Chagall, Remedios Varo, Herman Junger, Wolfgang Rhas, Wendy Ramshaw... and many more.
Susan has work represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, The Western Australian Art Gallery, The University of Iowa and in many national and international personal and professional collections. Susan has earned B.A. Art Education, B.A. in Three-Dimensional Design, M.A. in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, M.F.A. in Multimedia.
Arigatai "Grateful" necklace
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: Jewelry resin, origami paper, shell, pearl, stone beads mica, chain. The calm blues of the throat chakra combined with greys and sparkle of mica express the wearer's joyful gratitude.
Artifacts Cuff Bracelet: Ancient Technologically Advanced Civilization
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: This cuff style bracelet was excavated from Susan's creative depths. Her inspiration was a headline regarding the possibility of an ancient technologically advanced civilization.
Artifacts Cuff Bracelet: Curvilinear Relationships #1
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: One could say that everything known exists in relationship to everything else. This is one representation of that relationship.
Artifacts Cuff Bracelet: Molten Edges
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: Inspired by contrasting tensions of solid and molten, dark and light, straight and sinuous lines, smooth and textured metal balanced to create an organic harmony
Artifacts Cuff Bracelet: Ride the Waves
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: In this Ancient Cuff Susan wanted to show a balanced relationship between technology and nature. She loves using texturing and patination of metal to portray these elements of art.
Artifacts Cuff Bracelet: Well Met
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: This synclastic "puff cuff" bracelet is inspired by the intriguing meeting of different textures, shapes, and forms.
Beach and Birch necklace
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: Jewelry resin, birch paper, beach stone, mica, beach sand, chain. I've always loved the mystery of natural found objects and material. n this necklace you will be wearing bot combined with manmade elements.
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: Jewelry resin, birch paper, found shell, red creek jasper bead, glass bead, acrylic paint, chain. Combing the beach, finding this partially submerged shell, do you hear the waves and the wind? Lovely to wear!
Beyond the River's Bend
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: My husband grew up in Perth, in Western Australia. On a visit he took me to this place where he and his brother would launch a raft and spend the day having an adventure floating downstream. With this painting I wanted to capture the memory of the place and the magical time of river adventures. You never know what is just around the bend in the river! Paint applied with painting knives. Acrylic on stretched canvas.
Colors of Life necklace
Fine Art by artist Susan Grace Branch - Description: Red Creek Jasper. Containing colors of life Red Creek Jasper has many healing and cleansing qualities. Both beautiful and grounding to wear.