Looking at the world, it’s easy to accept what we see without daring to change it, but for artists like Susi Galloway, painting new realities over old ones is just another day at the easel. Her imaginative paintings and artwork depict the fantastical, transforming the everyday into scenes of pure uplifting, bold adventures. In particular, her ability to impinge on the viewer with color is striking. Her emphasis on the sky injects a sense of space and openness that immediately pulls someone in and what she puts in the sky is often nothing short of miraculous.
Originally from Switzerland, with a background in Heraldic art (a style inspired by knights, coats of arms and nobility), she now lives in Florida creating commissioned paintings and illustrations, many of which have become children’s book covers. Her art communicates a strong message of hope, creativeness and encourages people to dream. There are no boundaries in a Susi Galloway painting. She invites participation because as you look at her white clouds across a blue sky you get the feeling that you are moving them. She transports you to a dream world where anything is possible, where trees can fly just as much as fish can, where we tower over the ocean, spot a mermaid and break free from anything trying to make us drown.
Imagine Salvador Dali and Frida Khalo painting together, minus the heartbreak and serious subject matter, put to the task of rekindling the human spirit through illusion and you get an idea of Susi Galloway’s work. One of her best arrows in her quiver is the color blue. Blue finds its way into the sky and onto the water in so many of her paintings. Not just any blue either. Big, bold, awe inspiring, imagination lifting blue. The kind of blue that reminds you how glorious the world is because we have such a color. Galloway’s art reminds you of what it must feel like to be an astronaut taking in the whole Earth from miles up. There is possibility to be had, ideas struck and paint splashed when one looks at one of her paintings.
Susi Galloway has produced an impressive body of work and she continues to capture the imaginations of her audience. There are too few individuals giving the world this type of pure universe creating inspiration and there is no doubt that Galloway’s work will spawn others. She takes us to the edge and shows us there isn’t one. Her art stretches into forever, dreamscapes for the dreamers. (article by David Carus)