We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Carter Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Susan Carter, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My grandmother was an artist and I grew up in the town she lived in. We were always making art – drawing, paintings, sculptures (she had a kiln) at her home. As well, the elementary and high schools I attended also had great art teachers, so I can with most certainty say I chose a creative career because it was encouraged from a young age. That and non creative workplaces frighten me.
Please tell us more about your art. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
Well I’m writing this with an almost four month older sleeping next to me , so my time is limited. So I’ll make this short – it was not easy and it still is not easy! What I have learned along the way, is to just keep showing up. Be true to your vision, don’t compare yourself to other. Times can get tough but they won’t last forever
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh okay, well I’d have them fly into Burbank airport bc it’s closer to me. Hopefully Covid will have passed and we could do all kinds of things! I’m somewhat a creature of habit and convenience so we’d probably grab coffee and lunch at a Joan’s on Third in Studio City (which I frequent at least 3x a week). I’d tell them to pack their running shoes bc we would definitely go for a hike, probably starting at Bronson Canyon up to the Hollywood sign. One of my favorite things to do is work in my yard, so I’d probably take them to Rolling Greens on Beverly to buy some plants, roll up their sleeves and help me dig. We would head out of town to Joshua Tree where we are renovating a house and studio. There we would pick up meat and rose’ from Desierto Alto and a white wine from the Wine and Rock Shop. We would watch our first of many sunsets from my front yard. For dinner we would drive to La Copine in Flamingo Heights. Days here would be spent in the National Park and nights for looking at the stars. Before my friend has to leave, we will drive back into the city – rejuvenated from a couple days in the desert. We’d go see some art at LACMA and have dinner in Laurel Canyon at our neighborhood joint, Pace.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, like I said previously, I owe gratitude to my grandmother Alma Twente, my teachers, and also Tom Wudl who is an LA artist I studied with around 2010. I’d also like to thank every single person who has ever bought a painting from me- especially those who did so when times were rough. And most recently I am grateful to the writer Sarah Broom who soon after the birth of my daughter in July, engaged in an inspiring creative text conversation about art and creativity and design. As a sleep deprived quarantined new mother with no time to create and little human interaction, you have no idea what a energizing outlet it was and reminder of why I do what I do. I’m also grateful to every creative friend I have, writers, painters, musicians, actors, filmmakers – you know who you are and inspire me daily