Sue Rauschenfels Exhibit, “For the Love of Trees”

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For the Love of Trees

Survival of human beings is oxygen and is made available by trees. We have all heard the science as to why trees are life. But beyond that, trees have the power to impact people positively socially and mentally. Trees calm and rejuvenate our senses and refresh our souls in healing ways. Often as individuals we seek to surround ourselves with trees to recharge and center ourselves. We travel in groups to forests and parks to socialize, connect, and refresh our relationships. Human connection with trees is vital to sustaining life and creating supportive healthy human interaction.

Artist Bio

Growing up in a very small northern MN town in a tight knit neighborhood Sue’s time was spent outdoors year-round playing with neighborhood friends and her sisters. Nature was an important part of her childhood where she learned to play and create; building forts, climbing trees, and learning to navigate relationships. She has never lost her love for being in the woods and it is not surprising she enjoys painting trees. Sue uses vibrant colors and varied textures in her tree paintings. She often portrays them in a row, together standing tall. Much like people, we too need to stand together to protect each other, our communities, and our environmental treasures. Sue is grateful to be surrounded by Lake Superior and our national forests for play and tranquility.

Sue began painting fulltime in 2009 after retiring from UMD. She has taken art classes and workshops locally and nationally, and she is grateful to study and to connect with creative artistic mentors for inspiration and for support. Sue is currently a member of Lake Superior Watercolor Society, Artists of MN and Arrowhead Artists. Her work can be seen at 47 Degrees Gallery in Knife River, MN, Art on the Planet Gallery in Superior, WI, and in her private home studio/gallery by appointment.