From the 1/5/17 Ventura County Star Article:
A lifelong hiker and backpacker, Susan K. Guy thinks nothing of trekking great distances to find the right spot to paint.
For a painting in Mammoth, she got in a gondola in her ski gear and painted from the top of the mountain. At Rocky Mountain National Park, she got up at 4 a.m., battled gale-force winds and propped her easel against the open car door to paint.
But once she chooses a spot, she doesn’t try to replicate what she sees. Instead, her paintings are about the feelings and emotions inspired by the scene, and the end results are abstract, expressionistic oil paintings that resonate with the natural world.
Guy, growing up in New Zealand, was inspired by her parents and grandparents in both art and nature. Her parents were both physicians who backpacked whenever they could.
“I basically started backpacking in the womb,” she said.
At the age of 5, she told people she was going to be an artist, but she ended up going into medicine as a surer way of making a living. While doing a fellowship at UCLA, she moonlighted at the Ventura County Medical Center and camped in Ojai.
“When I moved to Ojai, I would go backpacking and hiking in Los Padres,” she said. “It was really the hills and mountains around here that inspired me to start painting again.”
She also paints when she travels, most recently capturing the Northern Lights in Alaska and Canada.
“For me, experiencing the world is not just what you see,” she said. “There is energy, movement, light changing, wind changing, the emotional experience of being there. When I paint something, I want to convey the experience, and I want to experience it through the painting, too.”