10 winners in state competition
draws her inspiration
from rural scenes
(April 2010) Scottsburg, Ind., artist Suzanna
Hendrix says painting is a way of seeing the world around her.
Hendrix has been
selected as a winner in this
years Celebration of Hoosier
Women Artists competition.
This artistic vision not only allows her to capture beautiful
moments on canvas but also allows her to find inspiration in the everyday
routine of life.
Her painting, Room With A View, is just one example of how
a sudden glance can provide the basis for a new work of art. The watercolor
shows an old GMC truck parked in the lean to area of a barn, seemingly
gazing out across the field. Hendrix recalls that she discovered the
scene when she was simply out driving around and the image caught her
That happens quite often, she says with a laugh.
Hendrixs watercolor, Room With A View, portrays a
scene that not only captured the imagination of the artist, but art
lovers as well. The painting was selected as a winner in this years
Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition. For the past four
years, the program has run each March as a way to recognize the accomplishments
of Indiana women during Womens History Month. This years
competition drew 184 submissions from artists across the state. Lt.
Gov. Becky Skillman, together with Dr. Jean Robertson, professor of
Art History at IUPUIs Herron School of Art and Design, and members
of Skillmans staff evaluated the entries.
Skillman was in charge of the final selection of 10 winning artists
who will be honored for their achievement on March 31 at the Statehouse.
The 10 works singled out for recognition will be on display in the lobby
of the lieutenant governors office as well as on her website over
the upcoming year.
I consider it an honor to be selected by the lieutenant governor,
In an announcement naming this years honorees, Skillman notes
that These women artists illustrate the fact that Indiana is home
to incredibly talented women. The works they submitted were as diverse
as the women themselves.
Hendrix explains that her choice of Room With a View to
represent her work in the competition, saying,It is one of my
favorite pieces. Hendrix based final painting on sketches she
made while visiting the scene as well as photographs she took. She describes
the picture saying, It is something representative of what I think
of when I think of rural Indiana.
Hendrix, 40, grew up taking private art lessons before studying at Syracuse
University and graduating from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor of Fine
While she has explored other painting styles in the past, Hendrix is
currently focusing her work on watercolor. I like the light that
watercolor can present. I like the mood. Theres a different sense
that you can get with watercolor than with other mediums.
Currently, Hendrix is looking forward to this years Indiana Heritage
Arts Competition. Since 2003 when she was recognized an Award of Excellence
and a First Time Exhibitor Award,
Hendrixs work has been selected for display in five of these juried
exhibitions that take place each year in Nashville, Ind. In addition
to being appreciated in her home state, Hendrixs work has been
exhibited around the country in juried art shows from California to
At the moment, though, her attention is focused a bit closer to home.
Hendrix was recently commissioned to do a series of paintings by the
Lutheran Community Home of Seymour focusing on scenes of local interest.
The artist explains her excitement in approaching the new project describing
it as allowing her to explore, the sort of imagery that appeals
to me old barns and that sort of thing.
In addition to her beloved Indiana landscapes, Hendrix also enjoying
painting portraits of people and animals. Many people have turned to
her art as a way to memorize their wedding or treasured home. She appreciates
these types of works saying, I always find something intriguing
in whatever is suggested to me.
For more information on Suzanna Hendrix,
To view all the winners of the 2010 Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists
competition, visit: www.in.gov/lg/files/2010_website_art_.pdf.
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