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Eye on Artists

Ann Szucs-Spencer

Editor’s Note: As part of “The Mask Project” – the annual Hospice of Metro Denver’s art exhibit fundraiser – Glenwood Springs artist Ann Szucs-Spencer’s hand-painted mask is on display at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver through April 30. The mask, titled ‘Cosmic Clown,’ is one of more than 500 clay masks painted by state and national sports figures, politicians, artists and members of the Denver community. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge. The online auction of “The Mask Project” collection will close April 28. Szucs-Spencer’s mask artwork is featured in the show, on banners on Spear Boulevard, and on banners and posters throughout Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

City/town: Glenwood SpringsArtist statement: Work within the system, but always question authority and push the boundaries! Creativity does not thrive under laws and rules. Let go to stay present.Artist background: I grew up in Denver. I have lived in Clearwater, Fla., Kansas City, and Boulder for short periods, which represents from months to a few years. I spent two summers in Hungary and lived there for most of the year of 1989 in between Debrecen and Budapest. I have been in Glenwood since the end of 1989.

Artist education: I graduated from Cherry Creek High School. I took a two-year program through Cherry Creek’s school district on commercial and graphic art design. I finished the first-year foundations program at the Kansas City Art Institute, and I have an associate of arts degree from Colorado Mountain College.Shows and gallery exhibition: I have participated in the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s Fall Arts Festival show for several years now, receiving awards and selling work. I have participated in a lot of philanthropic endeavors, like the mask program, selling my work for charity. I find this very rewarding. Many of my works never make it to shows or galleries, they just go to their owners.Family information: My mom is Ann Szucs. My dad is John Szucs. I have three sisters: Kathy Hanson, Debra Williams, and my fraternal twin, Jane Szucs. My husband is Mitch Spencer. I have some really cool in-laws, a nephew and nieces on both sides of the families, and a godson named Korrin.

How did you get started as an artist? I think I was born an artist, but I have an interesting theory on my development as one. I went to St. Ann’s Episcopal School when I was in first through fourth grade. I was diagnosed with a perceptual learning disability. My mom had me going for a while to a child psychologist named Dr. Bender. That is so ironic – his name that is. He would give me paper and watercolors and tell me to paint subjects, like my family members, and then analyze them. Needless to say, I think this is when I started to associate painting with expressionism.What do you do in your free time? Paint. I work full-time at City Market. I also enjoy the heck out of my husband, Mitch. I spend a lot of time taking care of my animals and other animals in need of help. I like hanging with Jane and Nancy. I like hiking mountains, biking, jogging, skiing, and just being outdoors by myself or with friends – it is why I live here. I like traveling as well. I love life.What’s your favorite medium? I like oils, watercolor, acrylic, ink and sculpting. I don’t have a favorite. I love sparkly and shiny stuff. I consequently haven’t come close to mastering any medium.

Who’s your favorite artist? I really like Vincent Van Gogh. I like his art, his being, his struggles, his driven force, his lack of accomplishments and his amazing accomplishments.What or who is your biggest influence? Color. Music. Literature. Love. The Universe. Artists I know – Sam Klempke, Archer Prewitt, and Mot-tly Tisdale. Arlene Law always motivates me to get to work. I have been influenced by James Ensor, Hieronymus Bosch, Paul Delvaux, Jasper Johns, Salvador Dali and so many more amazing artists. I relate with expressionists and surrealists the most. I enjoy impressionism also.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at aclark@postindependent.com, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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