“Something happens to me when I get out of my familiar territory. It’s not about the grand “important” sights for me, but rather the small intimacies, the way a window frame bisects a tree’s shadow, the corner of a table covered in a white cloth, a beach towel left on a dock at night. These are little mysteries to me, worthy of my attention and contemplation; they beckon me onward.
I don’t want to tell the whole story; I want viewers to be able to put themselves into the picture, make their own passage through the story. I want viewers to feel the same sense of mystery I do. When I experience a place I feel that a certain amount of information is revealed to me, a tiny bit, really. What I put into a painting is just enough to get you into that passage with me. We are alone, together.” — Susan Bennerstrom