ImageThe Performing Arts Studio is pleased to present “Forms Large and Small,” paintings by Sue Schofield, on exhibit from June 7 through July 25 in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones.  A reception for the artist will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 7.  There is no charge for admission. 

“My life’s story has been varied, exciting, and chaotic to a certain extent” Schofield says.  “I spent almost half my life in New Mexico where I spent six years on a cattle ranch and later became a park ranger at Salinas National Monument -- 17th century Spanish missions ruins at the sites of pre-historic pueblos. These two chapters in my life have influenced much of my later excursion into the arts.”

“My spiritual and aesthetic foundations lie in nature. Living on ranches ... has taught me ways of seeing, recognizing shape and form, and understanding relationships between space and object. Cycles of day into night through the seasons, with their ever-changing light, are constant reminders of the way color, vivid and subtle, shapes the world.

“My journey into making art, from photography to clay sculpture to painting, has shown me the persistence of certain elements that inform my painting today.” says Schofield.  “Structure is the basic and consistent theme in these areas and it continues to be my primary interest.”

After coming to Norman, Schofield became the temporary educator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. “Prehistoric ceramics and ceremonial art were part of the puebloan culture in New Mexico but I had no formal art background. The learning curve at FJJMA was steep but opened a whole new world for me.” Schofield says.  After the temporary position ended, she became a docent at the museum, an activity that is a major part of her life today.

Schofield began making art in her late fifties when she took a sculpture class at The Firehouse Art Center with Grant Ritchey. For two to three years she worked in clay, sculpting the human figure in the round and in bas-relief. Bas-relief piqued her interest in working in two dimensions.  She began painting classes with Carol Armstrong. 

Painting, especially the play of colors, quickly became her primary interest and she continued classes intermittently for five years.  After her retirement from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Studies in March 2006, she studied regularly with Armstrong and, for a short period, with Ron Radcliff.

In the summer of 2006, she took a painting class with Richard McKown who encouraged her to work from objects rather than photographs. Slowly she began to consider painting as a serious undertaking and to view making art as a second career.  “Richard has been my mentor for the past two years and has become a life-long friend in the process.” says Schofield.  “His encouragement and influence has been a major part of my decision to undertake art as a profession.”

For additional information on Schofield and her art, visit http://paintingsandmusings.blogspot.com

The Performing Arts Studio (PAS) is housed in the Norman Train Depot, 200 S. Jones.  Gallery and office hours are from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 1:00 to 5:00 most Sundays.  For additional information on PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320. 

Gallery exhibitions at the Performing Arts Studio are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.