Heritage and history

Scottsburg artist among
10 winners in state competition

Hendrix draws her inspiration
from rural scenes

Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(April 2010) – Scottsburg, Ind., artist Suzanna Hendrix says painting is a way of seeing the world around her.

Susanna Hendrix

Photo provided

Susanna Hendrix has been
selected as a winner in this
year’s 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 eye.
“That happens quite often,” she says with a laugh.
Hendrix’s 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 year’s 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 Women’s History Month. This year’s competition drew 184 submissions from artists across the state. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, together with Dr. Jean Robertson, professor of Art History at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design, and members of Skillman’s 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 governor’s office as well as on her website over the upcoming year.
“I consider it an honor to be selected by the lieutenant governor,” says Hendrix.
In an announcement naming this year’s 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 Arts.
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. There’s a different sense that you can get with watercolor than with other mediums.”
Currently, Hendrix is looking forward to this year’s Indiana Heritage Arts Competition. Since 2003 when she was recognized an Award of Excellence and a First Time Exhibitor Award,
Hendrix’s 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, Hendrix’s work has been exhibited around the country in juried art shows from California to Maryland.
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, visit: www.HendrixWatercolors.com. 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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