today i wanted to take some time and tell you about a friend of mine and show her off a little. her name is susie griffin and she is an amazing artist! i first met susie when i was attending college at the university of northern colorado. i actually met her family at my church. her family was a refuge to me during an awkward stage of my life. you know how hard it is when you leave home for the first time and you miss being surrounded by people who love you. well, i was blessed to meet several families who became a second family for me during this time. susie’s family was one of these special families who took me in.
fast forward a few years and husbands later… i had moved back to colorado springs and susie and her husband were stationed here. we had an opportunity to reconnect during this short time and it was so fun to get to know susie’s husband, byron. and since then we have kept in touch through facebook.
susie is such an amazing person and her love of life is infectious! she continually makes me laugh with her stories and sense of humor. she is one of the people who inspired me to set up shop on etsy. susie is the first person i knew who had ever even talked about etsy. i remember seeing her shop and thinking, wow, this is amazing. at this time in my life i was really not in a very good place. when i first saw what she was doing i thought, i don’t think i can do that. but she planted a seed of hope, that soon grew into what it is now. thank-you susie, for being such an inspiration to me!
so you can check out susie’s shop here. my favorite piece is the one shown above. i love the emotion it invokes. haven’t we all been in that place before? there are no words for the emotion that you feel when you look at this piece. i love everything about it, the clever use of newspaper in the background, the simplicity of the lines… it is beautiful!
here is more info about susie:
I’m a stay-at-home mom to a 6 year old and a 2 year old. I have extremely limited formal art training, but have been working within artistic endeavors for over 10 years. I have a background in floral design, interior decorating, home economics (bachelors degree), scrapbook design, etc. Painting and color has always been a crucial part of my creative process. I paint for the journaling freedom that it gives me, and only decided to release these paintings as prints in early 2009. Since then, I have opened a full shop at our local Farmer’s Market, have artwork and/or artwork gifts at 3 stores locally, and was chosen as the sole featured artist at the Helena, Montana Fall Art Walk (2009).