Susan Sistrunk

Texas, USA

Visual Artist

Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.

Susan Sistrunk- from art and illustration!

Though she loved creating art and illustrations, Susan had remained self-taught, and had turned her academic focus on music.  Upon entering Temple College at the age of eighteen, Susan returned to the visual arts and discoverd a love of Art History. As a result, throughout her art career, monoliths and megalithic structures would feature greatly in her works, through a variety of media.

At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I was a little girl when a friend of my parents gave me a set of Grumbacher oil pastels. They were so different from crayons. I fell in love with drawing at that time.

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

I remember drawing Cinderella using a fairy tale book my mother gave me as inspiration. The illustrations in the book were captivating to me and I remember wanting to be able to draw something that beautiful.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

Edward Hopper’s “Night Hawks” was introduced to me as a child and I fell in love with his use of color and edges.  The dutch have always been a huge inspiration to me. In particular, Johannes Vermeer’s portraits of people in the midst of everyday activities.

How would you describe your artistic style?

The style of my work varies greatly at times, depending on the subject. I have been exploring new textural techniques lately which lend themselves to structural subjects. When commissioned by a private collector however, I tend to paint and draw in a much more traditional sense, according to the wishes of my customer.

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

My first sale was 22 years ago when I was 18 years old. It was so incredible to sell something I made and to see the happiness on the face of my customer.

What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?

I typically work on several pieces at a time. Usually between 4-6 works are being developed at the same time.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

Inspiration comes from many directions. Usually from ancient structures or civilizations.

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I lived in California until the age of 16. My parents and I moved to Texas during my junior year of high school. I became an art teacher at the age of 27 after completing my B.F.A in Studio Art from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I currently live in Waco with my son Dallas and spend most of my time making art and researching art history.

“I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.” ~ Frida Kahlo

A few pieces from Susan Sistrunk’s gallery

Ascending Life


More about Susan Sistrunk

Shows & Exhibitions

2017 September- 7Twelve, Waco. “Transformations.”

2017 September- Solo Exhibition Waco Civic Theater

2017 August- Solo Exhibition “Food for Thought”, Waco


2017 September- 7Twelve, Waco. “Transformations.”

2017 September- Solo Exhibition Waco Civic Theater

2017 August- Solo Exhibition “Food for Thought”, Waco.

2017 August- Waco Exhibition of the “Waco 52” Exhibition.

2017 May- Selected Artist for The Waco 52 Exhibition at the State Capitol of Texas

2017 April- 3rd Place Brazos Valley Art League

2016-Waco, Texas Selected Ornament Artist for the State Capitol of Texas Christmas Tree

2016- August Solo Exhibition Waco Civic Theatre

2016- July Solo Exhibition “Dichotomy”, Waco.

2015-2016 Texas Fine Artist Group Exhibitions

2015- The C.A.S.T. Fine Art Gallery

2015- Solo Exhibition Papillon, Waco

2013 December-, The Hunting Art Prize Exhibition and Competition

2013 November- The Art Slant (online) Exhibition

2013 October- Park Art Magazine Group Exhibition, Portugal

2013 October- The Story of the Creative

2013 October- Creatives Rising (Featured Artist)

2013 October- The Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo (1st Prize Professional Division)

2012 December- The Hunting Art Prize Exhibition and Competition

2012 Summer- The Sketchbook Project World Tour (A Twist in Time VOL 1)

2012 January- “A Twist in Time VOL 1” completed and entered the Brooklyn Art Library Permanent Collection

2010-December- Christmas Group Exhibition Cultural Activities Center, Temple Texas