Sue Dranchak ~ Superstition Mountains, AZ
Sue Dranchak's (Dran-chak)'s art career began during her college years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she graduated in the spring of 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. While attending college, she resided in a rustic, one room cabin just west of Fairbanks in an area known as Gold Hill. It was here that she learned the value of simplicity and developed a strong relationship with her surroundings and nature. Sue's connection to nature has been her inspiration and main theme in her artwork throughout her 25+ year art career.
In the fall of 2005, Sue traveled outside of Alaska to explore new regions and eventually arrived in the Sonoran Desert where she established a second home and studio in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2009 she began a new series of 'Desert Garden' paintings in which she capitalizes on the unique visual elements provided by the the wide variety of botanicals found in the the Sonoran desert region. Sue currently maintains a home based art studio in Anchorage, Alaska and in Phoenix, Arizona where she alternately resides and works seasonally in each location. She does not currently work with a brick and mortar gallery or own a retail storefront but rather she prefers to exhibit and sell her latest artworks at a variety of outdoor art festivals and this website.
"It's an interesting situation. I like to travel and enjoy meeting the challenges that each environment has to offer. Traveling between such extreme and diverse geographical locations has kept me from getting into a rut, pushed me beyond my own boundaries and helped me to grow as an artist and an individual." ~ Sue Dranchak