A Life Floats By
30 x 23 Monprint, 2021
Like my daily practice of walking in nature, I find the process of creating art similarly meditative. By taking each activity one step at a time, with no concern – or plan – for my destination in either experience, I remain grounded in the moment. I love collecting specimens, mementos, and images, thinking and pondering, and then launching into the hands-on aspect of making art when the spirit moves me.
I have been painting and creating art since I was in first grade. Over time, my art has evolved. I have pursued printmaking as a formal contemporary medium. I’ve had 12 solo shows and participated in over 50 juried shows throughout New England and the USA, and have received numerous awards and grants for my work.
Surrounded by a garden setting, my studio is located in the heart of the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire and is equipped with an etching press, four separate work stations and a small viewing gallery.
Soosen’s mixed-media work in drawing, painting, and printmaking has been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and cultural centers throughout New England for over 20 years and hangs in private and public collections around the world. Her work is widely collected and has been licensed for books, magazines, and music CDs. She has won numerous awards and prizes including the 2016 Ruth and James Ewing Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Creative Arts. Primarily a printmaker and mixed media artist, Soosen is never far from her roots in painting and graphic design as a former art director with a focus on book publication. On any given day you can find her in her spacious, eclectic studio adjacent to her home in Peterborough, NH creating a variety of sophisticated yet whimsical prints, collages, and paintings. In the summer she draws ideas from her surroundings by dividing her time between the studio and the many cottage-style gardens clustered around her home.