Su-Endo Sumie Paintings
" Things come to me on the spur of the moment. I cover every little piece of paper and I grow with my work. Using ink (Japanese sumi) and water, I have to let each stroke dry to see what's happening, then I go back to it. Sometimes I feel I should stop and leave empty spaces, but then I feel a need to go on. It is a very intense and meditative process. "
The daughter of a Venezuelan mother and an Italian father, sumi-e artist and potter Susana B. Endo grew up surrounded by Mount Avila in Caracas. Combining the tropical influence of her native land with a fascination for the culture of her Japanese husband, Endo creates subtle contrasts in chiaroscuro. Abstract compositions of wild bamboo vegetation shimmering in the breathless heat of a rainforest complement the sophisticated coolness of Endo's graceful ink brush technique.
She studied at the Koho School of Sumi-e under the Supervision of Koho Yamamoto Sensei, at the Parsons School of Design , and Chinese Calligraphy at Kampo Cultural Center, all in New York City. She also apprenticed with Master Potter Sakuma Fujia in Mashiko, Japan.
Endo's Sumi-e paintings won first prize during an exhibition at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, third prize at the Venezuelan Center , and a Bronze mention at the Kampo Cultural Center for her Calligraphy.
Ms. Endo can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can see more of her work at her homepage: http://home.earthlink.net/~saendo/