Susi Schuele

Lisbon, Wisconsin

maverick artist


I believe that Art and its beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. But there’s no denying the beauty of natural wood grain with a little color….


Susi Schuele – art on wood!

I am a maverick artist specializing in creating wood art pieces using vibrant, colorful stain. I feel I am nurturing nature by infusing the grain of wood with new life using mostly just my hands. On occasion, I will use a small paint brush for detailed work. I add layers of color to create magnificent three dimensional pieces with beauty that is very hard to capture in a photograph. This original form of art on wood must be seen and touched.

Susi Scheule at an art show

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

I created a turquoise toothpick sculpture when I was 8 or 9 that I wish I still had. I also did a pencil drawing of David Bowie in my 20s. I think I sent it to him but can’t remember.

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

I created a turquoise toothpick sculpture when I was 8 or 9 that I wish I still had. I also did a pencil drawing of David Bowie in my 20s. I think I sent it to him but can’t remember.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

I have always enjoyed Monet. I adore the lily ponds. Van Gogh also truly inspires me with his interesting style and his life is an incredible story. I think my favorite piece by him is Starry Night Over the Rhone. I’m also a big fan of Georgia O’Keeffe and her use of color.


How would you describe your artistic style?

Abstract expressionism with a lot of movement. Free spirited. I’m self taught and sometimes like a mad scientist with experimental techniques and mediums. My work is emotional and often guided by the classic rock blaring in the background.

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

My first sale was at a local Art Walk. It was the biggest piece I had and was sold 10 minutes before the close of the show. The beginning of the show was a disaster as winds blew most of my work down and damaged 2 frames. I was wondering if this was a sign! When that piece sold, I was over the moon. And especially because the woman told me it was the only piece that both she and her husband agreed on. Made my night.

What's your workstyle?

I generally work on one piece at a time. I want to give it all of my love and attention as each piece I do radiates from my soul. Since each piece I do has several components with layering, sealing and framing, there may be a lot going on with those components but creating it is one and done. I am, however, running out of walls and floors.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

Several ways actually. Since I hand stain wood pieces, I want to “nurture nature”. Raku pottery is a huge inspiration as are elements of nature like the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree, geodes and beautiful stones or amazing sunsets and sunrises. If it’s colorful, it’s inspiring.

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I’m retired and became a full time artist March 2017. Prior to that, I spent way too many years in technology, website design and graphic design forcing me to squeeze in “arting” whenever I could.  I live in a great little house in Wisconsin with my soulmate and 2 furry children, a black lab and the smartest lab/golden/hound mix on the planet. My husband and I have 3 grown kids, 3 grandkids and 3 granddogs.

My inspiration comes from magnificent sunsets bursting with orange, the subtle but sublime metallic golds and coppers in Raku pottery or the beaming contrast and glitter of colorful elements of nature such as geodes.

A few pieces from Susi’s gallery

Sharp Dressed Man

Yellow Brick Road

Why they love Susi’s art

Sandi Jones, Oklahoma City

I first became acquainted with the artwork of Susi Schuele a little more than a year ago and was immediately drawn to her work due to the vibrant, kaleidoscope of colors fluently blended onto wood. Each unique creation undoubtedly springs from a spiritual and personal source. She continues to elevate and evolve using a variety of mediums and the results are stunning.  I am extremely pleased to own one of her works and look forward to seeing her future projects.

Frances Schaber, Kansas City, KS

Two years ago I meet Susi in a closed group on FaceBook for people using a new colored gel stain called Unicorn SPiT. At first, I was an on looker drooling over everyone’s creations. Susi then started sharing her abstract art with us. Most of the people in this group were using the product to redo furniture, but Susi’s art was just amazing to me. Her imagination and creativity kept me intrigued. One day, she posted a new piece asking all of us for ideas on what name to give it (of course the rule was it had to be a song title). With happiness, Susi chose my suggestion “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock. This piece totally spoke to me and after a few months, I caved into my desire and purchased it from her. And she has another piece I’m waiting for to be framed so I can add it to my collection. Susi’s attention to wonderful customer service, from beginning to end, is first class. Every piece she does she puts her whole heart and soul into it. You will not be disappointed in Susi or her beautiful art.

More about Susi

Shows & Exhibitions



RAWArtists Show – December 2015

Delafield Art Walk – May 2015, May 2016

ArtisTTable Woman 2017 Exhibition

Artisan 179 – September 2016 – January 2017

Affiliated Wellness Center – September 2016 – Current

Waukesha County Art Exhibit – Waukesha Public Library – April 2017

St. Charles Fine Art Show – May 27-28, 2017