On Display: Spring Wanderlust by Susan Pulaski
Using a computer as her canvas and stylus as her brush, Susan Pulaski creates compelling composite digital images that are on display through the end of May at Carry Out Cafe, 155 State Street in Newburyport. The public is invited to a special reception on Friday, May 4th from 5-7 p.m. at the cafe to meet the artist and view the artwork.
The exhibition, called “Spring Wanderlust,” highlights Pulaski’s many inspirations including travel, music, nature, and fine art. “Her artwork takes every day images and scenes and transforms them into beautiful, dreamlike compositions using computer technology and an eye for design,” said Carry Out Cafe’s owner Paula Simpson.
Pulaski’s love of art and the creative process has been a lifelong passion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at The University of New Hampshire, where she also studied the masters in art history classes. After starting a career as an entry-level graphic designer in high tech publishing and working her way up to Art Director overseeing the overall layout and design of one of the magazines, Pulaski took time off to stay at home to raise her children.
“Several years ago I rediscovered Photoshop through a fantastic on-line course called Photoshop Artistry. This course not only helped me grow as a photographer, but more importantly as a digital artist, being able to envision an idea and then bring it to life in Photoshop. After completing that course I took the advanced AWAKE Photoshop Artistry class in which the instructor teaches not only the advanced skills of Photoshop, but how to push ourselves beyond our own creative limits to create amazing artwork and live a creative life every day. I feel like I have found my niche being able to bring my ideas to life through Photoshop,” said Pulaski.
Her artwork has been published in the acclaimed monthly on-line publication Living the Photo Artistic Life (including two images in this month’s issue) and in the Fall 2017 as well as the Spring 2018 issues of the print magazine Somerset Digital Studio.
“Most of my work incorporates my own photographs combined with other artists’ content such as textures, photos and vintage ephemera. Other images are created solely with royalty-free stock images from other photographers, which I then transform into whatever vision or emotion I am trying to convey,” she explained. “Some of my favorite works to date are created with photos I took on a trip to Italy, which I then combine with other materials to give them a painterly feel.”
The artist lives in North Andover, MA with her family and beloved Cavalier King Charles, Lola. She believes that art comes from sharing a passion. “Art is an act of love for oneself, for others, and for the world around us,” said Pulaski.
For more information, visit https://www.susanpulaskiart.com, where you can order images in various sizes or get a customized piece. All of the artwork at Carry Out Cafe is available for purchase. Contact Julie Cook at 978-317-2030 for pricing and information.