I studied art formally in college in 1968 at the University of South Florida from which I graduated with a BA in Sociology. Years later, I returned to my art studies, earning a BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art in 1993 and a MFA in Painting from Auburn University in 1999. I also studied under various artists in Tampa, FL and Pt. Clyde, ME. I taught Drawing, Color and 2D Design for one year at Auburn University of Montgomery, and have taught Art Appreciation the last three years at Jefferson State Community College as well as volunteering as an instructor in the summer arts classes sponsored by the Chilton County Arts Council. As a professional artist, I have had several solo shows as well as contributed pieces to juried art shows around the country, and have been awarded various fellowships and grants to continue my studies of art and painting. I’ve also been published in various magazines and art publications over the years.
The thing I like best about painting is that it allows me the flexibility to express myself in a fluid way. Revisions can be made and the surface can be built up to show a residue, or memory, if you will, of what went before. That is an idea that is important to me. My favorite art form is abstraction. This allows for the freedom to simplify, distort or exaggerate forms for the sake of composition and the idea behind the painting. When I’m not painting for myself per say, I’m painting for others. Some of my favorite organizations to contribute my time and talent to have been the Chilton County Arts Council, of which I’ve been the president for the last two years,
Festival Ballet Arts of Clanton and Butterfly Bridge Child Advocacy Center.
Today, my husband Art is my best critic and patron. My sister Paty Drake, who lives locally, as well as my mother and step-father (both now deceased) were major encouragers of me as an artist. I have three children, Bryan, Kelly and Graham. I am blessed with 7 grandchildren and 8 grandchildren, most of whom love to paint and build things.
I am having a solo show later this year at the Gadsden Museum of Art and one at the University of Mobile in spring 2019. I have resigned from Jeff State (end of this semester) to paint full time, so more are in the works. All of the abstracts in this post are from 2017. I began abstraction in about 1997 after losing interest in realism. Abstraction is based on ideas rather than visual recording of what one sees. The abstract paintings that you see here are from a series that I am working on based on meditations on Exodus 12:12-13. That series is the one that I have scheduled for the upcoming shows in Gadsden and Mobile. If you are interested in seeing more of my work or possibly buying a piece, you can check out my website: www.sueannehoyt.com, or Facebook page: Sue Anne Hoyt Art Studio, or contact me by phone: (205) 305-0105 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.