Original mattted watercolor painting by Portland Maine Artisan: Susan Selbe.
Susan Selbe was not an artist. She was just a practical person who found her long-grown daughter’s very old acrylic paints and began painting sea shells with her grandchildren. Then her daughter gave her some watercolors, and, being practical, she couldn’t let them go to waste.
Since retiring in 2014, she has played with acrylics, alcohol inks and resins, all the while unable to wear the mantle of artist. When visiting her daughter in Tasmania early in 2019 she began to watercolor daily. She has begun to feel her work qualifies as art.
She is inspired by natural shapes, especially fractals and spirals. She finds the process of putting paint to paper, and observing the magic it creates there, to be a meditation. Her mantra and motto in art and now, in life is “Everything is an experiment”.
Susan worked as a certified nurse midwife during her career, having cared for thousands of women and delivered hundreds of babies. Aside from her children, this is her proudest legacy.
She lives with her husband and their dog in Portland.