A friend of mine on FaceBook (FB) posted the link to “Questions for Artists”. I have decided to answer these every now and again. I will post them here and on my SAHoltArtist FB page. I hope you find them helpful and insightful.

Here’s my answer to the first question, “Who are you and what do you do?”

Who am I? My name is Susan Holt, and I am an Artist. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from ASU with a Ceramics Emphasis. I am (currently) a 43 year old married woman who works from my home based studio. I like to go to SteamPunk (Victorian with a twist) and SCA (medieval and renaissance) events. I have a 19 year old cat and a 10 year old dog.

What do I do? I do lots of arts. I enjoy making both 2D and 3D art. I paint, do calligraphy, wire wrap jewelry, create cabochons out of clay but I can make my own out of stone, I am the originator of SteamPunk style Vented Hats, I make ladies historic style hats and ladies fascinator hats all by hand. I really do a lot of different arts, it just depends on what the muse inspires me to create day by day. Someone once asked me if I had one art I could do for the rest of my life (one of those if you were trapped on a desert island with only one art questions) what would it be. I said I would go a little crazy being pigeon-holed to only do one style of art for the rest of my life. That just seemed cruel to me. Historically, artists we now consider to be the Old Masters never settled on making just one style of art. They were always learning, creating, and perfecting new and different techniques, tools, and materials. Why are modern day artists told they can only do one thing? I just don’t agree with that philosophy.