I don’t remember how I came across Suzy Roach’s work, but I do remember being completely blown away with her versatility. I have three pieces that I’ve purchased from her, and all three are completely different styles. Her wood burning has the most stunning details, and her charcoal and graphite works are beautiful, dark and macabre. I recommend that you try to pick up some of her work. She does lots of commissions now but her own designs are my favourites.
1. Where are you from?
I'm from Lake Los Angeles, CA. Currently residing in Pearblossom, CA.
2. What got you into Art?
I grew up in a creative family. My father did photography and painting and my mother was great at creating all kinds of things, like our Halloween costumes and Power Ranger birthday cakes! I've always had an interest in creating anything that came to mind, but I'd say my art really took off when I discovered charcoal as a young teen.
3. What art mediums do you currently do?
I currently work with pyrography, otherwise known as wood burning. Pyrography is what I work with the most these days but I still do the occasional charcoal or graphite pieces.
4. How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style in two ways. First, my personal designs can be described as maybe a little odd. Others have described my designs as dark and depressing, but I see it differently. Second, I do many custom portraits which do not reflect my personal style but I do find joy in extracting all the little details in a persons face. I can go from an unrealistic fictional character designed from my mind to doing a realistic portrait of a person that actually exists in the real world.
5. Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from a crack in the ceiling, another artists work on social media, a good or bad mood, etc. Inspiration comes from an unlimited amount of sources as long as one chooses to see them.
6. What was the biggest challenge when you first started making art? What is it now?
My biggest challenge when I first started making art was to not give up! Frustration and feeling not good enough almost had me at quits more than once just like any other artist I'm sure, but then you collect yourself and try again. My biggest challenge now is making time for my personal designs that I am so passionate about. It's what got me started in the first place and is my strongest form of expression.
7. What five items can you not live without?
I couldn't live without (dare I say) my computer! Nor could I make it without coffee, chap stick, my AW11, and let's be honest- the cell phone. None of these things include art supplies. If I had to, I would create art out of leaves, rocks, or whatever I could find in nature. I could live with that.
8. Are you a dog or a cat person and why are dog people better?
I'm both a cat and dog person. Dog people are better? News to me, lol. I say animal people are better.
9. Which artwork has been the biggest challenge?
The piece that was my biggest challenge was a Game of Thrones box I wood burned with six of the character's faces on the top, and a character on each of the sides, and the symbols on the inside lid. It was quite time consuming and in some areas physically difficult to work on. But in the end, mission accomplished!
10. What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on a charcoal drawing of Lemmy. (From Motorhead)
11. From start to finish what is your process for creating?
My process for creating depends on the specifics of the piece I'm working on. When doing a pyrography piece, (or any art, rather) I must have my music! I sand my wooden plaque until it's nice and smooth, then with pencil, I'll start the outlines of the image I'm working on and get to burning. When the burning is done I give it a once over and seal the wood with a water base UV protective polyurethane. Add a hook to the back and hang!
12. Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
Neither. I don't care for chocolate that much.
Below you’ll find links to her full gallery as well as her website ser-render.com and her Facebook and Instagram pages. Check them all out and give them a "follow" so you’ll be able to see everything she’s done! And occasionally, she has amazing deals on her Facebook page. Also Check out her Etsy page.