Every Third Friday, we showcase the opening exhibit of a new local 2-D artist. We love filling our space with art, even if it’s not glass! This month, we are excited to feature the spooky images of photographer Sue Rakers, titled “Gargoyles, Cemeteries & Spooky Spaces”.
“For as long as I can remember I have always loved to draw and paint spooky subjects,” says Rakers. “Halloween was and always will be my favorite holiday and time of year. When I was little, the pictures I drew were mostly of ghosts, skeletons and other grim subjects. My Mom says she worried about me a little! I am not sure why I like these darker, more mysterious places. That is a question I am still trying to answer. One thing I do know is that when I am done photographing an abandoned building or cemetery, I am always glad to be back around friends and family – so perhaps these subjects make me appreciate light and life that much more.”
She adds, “I also love history, and these places have so many interesting stories to tell. I have begun to do more research on the subjects of my photos, and I am realizing that I enjoy the research as much as taking the photo itself. This is the beginning of a new form of expression for me and it is my hope that you enjoy these images and are as fascinated by their history as I am.”
Sue Rakers has spent many years as a printer, graphic designer and watercolor artist. She is now studying the amazing, complex world of photography, and new ways to combine her love of print, design, fine art and photography into images that resonate with her and her audience. She is a self-taught watercolor artist, but has received her graphic design degree from SLCC Meramec. She has taken photography courses at Meramec and the New York Institute of Photography. Ultimately she knows that her best education is to be out in the world, taking photos, meeting other artists and photographers, while learning from them and being inspired by them.