Sue Cretarolo

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time T.S. Eliot

Having recently returned to the Bay Area after a decade in the Northwest, I am finding inspiration for my work in the landscape and rich heritage of the valley. The dawn light emerging over the vineyards, the tangle of vines crisscrossing the golden hills, and the bracing aroma of the eucalyptus groves take me back to the terrain of my childhood as they provide a lush palate for my imagination. Using oils with cold wax and mixed media allows me to achieve the many layers and deep patinas that reveal the rich subtleties reminiscent of this landscape. As I strive to capture textures and impressions both past and present, I feel as if I have come full circle.