Oil on wood
80” x 36”
Maureen Suga lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her husband Bob and their Goldendoodle Koko. She has called South Dakota home for 56 of her 62 years. She attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with degrees in psychology and nursing. For more than a decade she has “explored painting” under the tutelage of Sheila Agee at her Hilltop Studio. Maureen likes to paint with oil in an expressionist style.
At the age of nineteen I returned to South Dakota after living in Colorado for several months. I recall driving on a deserted highway as the rising sun moved over the fields. I felt the tension of the previous months dissipate as the open plains seemed to welcome me. As the horizon before me changed so to did my internal horizon. I was seeing my home with new eyes and it was beautiful.
Most often it is the color I remember. What excites me is the golden field of corn against an azure sky, the hint of viridian seen on the skin of a yellow pear and the lavender shadow on a white sheet in a favorite painting. I’m excited by the juxtaposition of colors that allows one to see something new in the familiar.
I have been blessed to connect with and see through the eyes of six amazing and creative women on a regular basis at Sheila’s Hilltop Studio. This connection and each new journey across South Dakota allow me to see with new eyes.