My Interview On The Connecticut Edit

Last month, local Instagram account, The Connecticut Edit ran an interview about me and my budding new business – Sue De Chiara Art, as part of it’s “Meet The Founder” Series.

I thought it might be fun to post it here today, in case you didn’t get a chance to see it.

It’s a very quick and easy read.

Things like this help me to cope with the imposter syndrome feelings I’m usually struggling with behind the scenes over here, so I hope you enjoy it!

Sue De Chiara Art

Who: Sue De Chiara
What: Founder, The Zhush + Artist,
Where: New Canaan, CT.

TCE: After years of curating her successful design blog The Zhush, Sue De Chiara returns to her artistic roots.

Painting pieces inspired by ancient myths, spiritual matters, and meditation, she has just launched a namesake site selling her art.

Sue De Chiara.

TCE: Congratulations on the launch of Sue De Chiara

Collectors are now able to shop your fine art originals and prints online.

SD: Yes, I finally found a printer I’m confident in who can create and frame my pieces for me directly and that was a game changer.

The site platform also offers a lot of cutting-edge technology.

Customers can see the pieces in their own home before purchasing.

piece here is Everlasting (Photography by Jane Beiles)


TCE: Tell us a bit about your design process from concept to execution?

SD: Typically, I choose the colors I want to work with first, then the size of the canvas.

Behind the abstraction there’s always some concrete non abstract piece in mind.

This could be a flower, a nude, or a mountain landscape – the painting will start off with this and I’ll layer and extract until it’s a full abstract piece.

blue abstract art hanging in bedroom with gray wallpaper.
Piece here is: Rhaposdy in Blue (Photography by Jane Beiles)

TCE: What are five adjectives you would use to describe your paintings?

SD: Layered, nuanced, thoughtful, atmospheric + peaceful.

TCE: Can you share a bit about the range of colors that you use and some you are exploring more.

SD: I like to use colors based on beautiful home interiors.

So, I tend to stick with mostly neutrals and blues, because these are the colors, I like to surround myself with in my own home.

I’m slowly exploring brighter colors, like greens and pinks to expand my own creativity.

Abstract Art
Into The Light by Sue De Chiara

TCE: Who are a few artists that influence you and inform your work?

SD: Hunt Slonem, Rothko, Joseph Albers and Mary Abbot.

But my all-time favorite is Helen Frankenthaler.

I love everything she’s ever done.

small framed art on a book case shelf.
Celestial print | Frame

TCE: You call New Canaan home, when you are not blogging and painting what are some of your favorite spots to dine?
SD: I love the restaurants here in New Canaan – two favorites are Sole Restaurant @solerestaurant and Rosie’s @rosienewcanaan.

The sushi at Miku in Greenwich @mikugreenwich is a recent favorite.

In addition to my own art site, you can also find original pieces of mine at Bespoke Designs in Westport, CT, and most recently at Behind The Hedge in Fairfield, CT.

I had fun answering all of these thoughtful questions, I hope you enjoyed it!

Be sure to follow The Connecticut Edit over on Instagram and it’s founder, Samantha Yanks as well!

And, of course…if you’re not already following, please give my art account a follow- Sue De Chiara and my Zhush account too!

To read even more about my art and also local things to do and see here in New Canaan, CT don’t miss these posts:

17 Fun Things To Do In New Canaan, CT

My First Art Show

Where to Buy Art Online

Gift Ideas From Small Businesses and Shops Owned By Women

Bedford And New Canaan Magazine

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