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  • “Comfortably Numb”Comfortably Numb

    Stained Art on Wood - Colorful stain applied all by hand. Sealed and in a custom black floating frame ready to hang. Measures 25â³L x 25â³W x 1.5â³D.

  • “Bad Moon Rising”Bad Moon Rising

    Hand Stained Art on Wood Sealed and in a custom black floating frame ready to hang. Measures 25â³L x 17â³W x 1.5â³D.

  • “Landslide”Landslide

    Hand Stained Art on Wood Sealed and in a custom black floating frame ready to hang. Measures 25â³L x 25â³W x 1.5â³D.

Susan Schuele

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Second Touch Art
Lisbon, WI 53089 US

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artist bio

As a wood stain artist, I create my wood art pieces with colored stain. I love color and hope to bring joy through its vibrancy. I have been creative as long as I can remember. Many moons ago, I fell in love with drawing with pencil. That started a long line of creative endeavors that have included interior decorating, functional art, acrylic painting and now my true passion and calling, which is using my hands to create vibrantly colored art on solid wood. This is a long way from my actual career focus which has been always in some form of technology position, most recently as a web and graphic designer. I am happy to be in love with the marriage of color and wood. :)

artist statement

I stain most all of my pieces using just my fingertips and hands. On occasion, I will use a foam brush or a small paint brush for detailed work. I also paint with acrylics and stain on canvas. Many of these paintings are adorned with some type of “sparkle” because I’m just a fan of things that light up.

Every day, I can’t wait to get out that next board or canvas and create using a new product on the market called Unicorn SPiT’s Gel Stain and Glaze in One™. The beautiful stain colors are absorbed into the grain of the wood board. It shows you what the wood truly wants to do and many times an initial vision may change and become “the happiest of accidents”. I also love the way the addition of a sealer causes the art to continue to evolve by adding dimension and layers that are hard to capture in a photograph.

I use several staining techniques and each of these bring a different abstract vision to the individual viewing the art, making it special to that person. I am a huge music lover as well and most all of my wood board and painting titles will reflect that.

I am mostly inspired by the beautiful blending of color in any form or medium . Sometimes, I just “go with the flow” and create my own design which might be an abstract form of a flower, a landscape, an ocean or whatever I see coming together on the wood or canvas. I often use a spray bottle of water to spread out the stain on wood and blend colors or lines together. I let the stain dry and then will sometimes continue to add layers of color until I have achieved the look that I am striving for. The layers also help to create the three dimensional effects. This process can also apply to acrylic paintings, of which I may also add a moulding paste or other medium. My favorite technique with canvas is a “pour” method, allowing me to swirl the colors for a marbled effect.

Above all, I love the way creating makes me FEEL. I am in my element and happiest at an easel!


““Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ”
Terri Guillemets
“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ”
Vincent Van Gogh