Susan Singer: author and illustrator of Birth Affirmations, award-winning artist, activist, teacher, writer
Painting a wide variety of subjects in many media, Susan Singer is difficult to pin down as an artist unless one recognizes that her ultimate goal is to mindfully follow her leadings, regardless of how diverse they may be. She began her artistic career drawing herself and friends, pregnant and about to bring forth new life. After that, she created massive pastel paintings of scars to come to terms with her sons’ life-saving operations. She drew Twelve Naked Men to draw attention to society’s tendency to objectify women, but not men, then painted over 50 life-size female nudes to help women recognize the gorgeousness of their bodies regardless of their size or shape. Last year she focused on a life-long delight in patterns and, along with her husband, created a product called Triangle Play to encourage creative play. Birth Affirmations is the most recent project to arise from her verdant imagination and she loves that it comes full circle from where she started - with tiny drawings of pregnant friends.
To help her center and find her next leading, Singer regularly spends time at the ocean where she is captivated by the beauty of the sand, sea, and sky, and revels in the infinite vastness. Meditative meanderings have awakened her to the need for change in society. She has followed those leadings by advocating for an end to violence against women and by creating the Beyond Barbie performance series which addressed that and other topics.
Singer also shares herself with others through her teaching in Richmond, VA as well as in workshops around the world. Teaching primarily adult students, she helps them find their own voices and callings. She never knows what her next project will be, but the one constant is that she will be true to herself and go courageously where she feels led.