About the Artist
Suzanne Frie, currently based in Hawaii, is a primarily self-taught American artist that signs all work by her middle "old family" name of Rittenhouse. The artist is well versed in various mediums like water color, oil, and acrylic, but has refined her skill in the use of tissue paper to create a body of work that mimics such artists as John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, John White Alexander and other impressionists.
The artist's practice is to avoid using paper that is cut but, rather, to rip the paper to achieve the impressionistic look as the rips mimic brush strokes. Works include landscapes, seascapes, and girls in white dresses with Chinese umbrellas. The artist continues to be enchanted with scenes and subjects of an era gone by and themes similar to the artists of the late 1800's.
In a time where schools’ available funds are being cut, thus eliminating orrestricting education in the fine arts, Suzanne donates her time at the local elementary school teaching afternoon art lessons to ,primarily, military children 2-6th grade in various mediums including painting, sculpture and artworks that use recyclable materials. Suzanne is passionate about charity and donating works of art to local and national organizations that promote conversation of the environment, local causes and the enrichment of education for youth.