We had the good fortune of connecting with Suz Born and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suz, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
I love these simple words from Mother Teresa. It’s a good reminder that many times what brings us the most joy is investing in others. We all can get stuck in our own agendas and work, our culture pushes comparison and competition daily. This quote helps bring me back to the bigger picture. If I notice I’m experiencing restlessness or discontentment it’s probably because I need to make space to volunteer in someway… because “we belong to each other.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was trained in psychology and interior design so understanding environments and relational connection inform my painting style. I want to create work that feels embracing and suggests the subject’s interior landscape. I paint florals, feminine forms, and abstract pieces. My rose garden is always inspiring me. The slow and organic rhythm and seasonality of the plant inform my artistic practice and life. I see a deep connection between floral and feminine forms and am alway looking to explore it through art.
I employ mixed media to watercolor techniques, on paper and linen canvas, to achieve layers of translucency, texture, and interest. In figurative work I seeks to create a reflection of an individual’s essence and wants a glimpse of things that are more than skin deep. The subjects have florals and areas of shadow and light developing from within to symbolize their individual growth and journey.
My dream in the next couple of years is to open my home in Los Feliz for Retreat Days/workshops. It will be a time of connection, reflection and creation. I’ll bring in different friends to teach and we’ll have really good food and make beautiful things together.
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.
I love this question!
Day 1 – Westside
Shops on Abbot Kinney
Santa Monica beach
Alibi Room for Kogi on the way home
Day 2 – Spa Day
Hang by Pool
Delivery from All-Time
Thai massage Sawadee Thai Spa
Coffee at Go Get Em Tiger
Day 3 – Pasadena
Shop Pasadena Antique Center and Annex
Lunch at Houston’s
Day 4 – Los Feliz
Brunch Little Dom’s – celebrity sightings
Griffith Park Observatory and Cedar Grove hike
Blue Bottle Coffee
Day 5 – Downtown
Lunch Guerrilla Tacos
Makers Mess art class @ Row DTLA
Day 6 – Mid-City
Delivery Dinner Kismet rotisserie
Day 7 – Highland Park
The Church of the Resurrection
Lunch – Joy
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, especially my hubby, Troy who is super encouraging of my creative practice.
My spiritual director who asks me the best questions and listens well and let’s me process.
Marrow Fine Jewelry for having my work on the wall.
The book “everything belongs” because it helped my world make sense.
The Enneagram – super helpful personality typing system
Tessa Reyes Photography