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Thoughtful, candid, and funny, artist Susannah Martin is a pleasure to talk with. A New Yorker living in Germany for the last 30 years, Susannah has the skill of a master artist and the approach of a political activist. Her work is exhibited internationally, has been featured in numerous publications, and is routinely banned from social media.

We talk about, Brexit, gummy bears, death worms, Angela Merkel, and art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Studio real estate,
  • Ideas for paintings,
  • Photoshoots,
  • Finding models,
  • Direction,
  • Working from life,
  • Different paint mediums,
  • Grisailles,
  • Masking,
  • Palette,
  • Lighting,
  • Set painting,
  • Studio soundtrack,
  • Alla prima painting,
  • Experimentation,
  • Contemporary nudes,
  • Hypersexualized society,
  • Censorship,
  • Disconnection from nature,
  • Mortality,
  • Consumer culture,
  • Consciousness,
  • Porn industry,
  • Lucian Freud,
  • Humanity,
  • Refugees,
  • Underlying themes,
  • Getting into galleries,
  • Art business,
  • Prices,
  • European art market,
  • Reformation,
  • Pivotal paintings,
  • Big art dreams,
  • Anxiety,
  • Self-esteem,
  • Social Media,

To find out more about Susannah and her work go to:

Most moving painting to make . . .

Susannah Martin – Gorge

Referenced in the podcast . . .

Susannah Martin – Bavaria

Paint . . .

Chinese Orange by Sennelier
Rose Matter by Winsor and Newton

Susannah’s looking glass contraption . . .
“Magnifying glass shoved into a cardboard tube with photo stuck in the other end to look at enlarged details. Very high-tech. Made it in about 3 minutes 20 years ago and have been using it ever since.”

Time Peace . . .


Robert Fritz’s book – Identity

Ep 34 – Robert Fritz : Structural tension

Ep 52 – Jenny Morgan : Artmaking And The Open Heart


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