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Student Perspective: Suzanne Scott (CERT 2025)

Suzanne Scott in the South Green Room Studio.

I have been a working artist for over 25 years and at a certain point I felt as if my work was hitting a plateau. I sensed that what I was painting was more of a commodity or product at that point. A friend of mine whom I shared community studio space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with had begun their studies at NYSS and encouraged me to join a Fall Marathon at the School. I attended Clintel Steed’s Painting Marathon in 2021 and was hooked.  This was the exact level of energy and intense work that I was craving to shake my practice up. I enrolled as a Certificate Student the following January 2022.

Suzanne Scott, Deep State, 2023, oil on canvas, 66 x 56 inches
Suzanne Scott, Deep State, 2023, oil on canvas, 66 x 56 inches.
Beginning a drawing in studio.

Going back to school at my age felt a bit odd initially; old in art school! However, there is such a diverse community of hard working and dedicated students studying at NYSS that my age quickly became a non-issue. I found a supportive and open cohort to grow alongside. There is a freedom that is palpable, and it comes with a healthy level of competition, with each artist pushing themselves and each other to be their best.

NYSS instructors are genuinely caring and work hard to help each artist achieve their goals. They provide one-on-one studio time, open dialogue, and honest feedback. Since I began the program, I have studied in the Atelier led by Linda Darling and Clintel Steed, and am currently in my third year. Both instructors offer a balanced perspective on my work. Linda goes deep with me, researching topics I am passionate about, as well as the particularities of chroma and how planes of color meet within a painting. Clintel brings an unsurpassed energy—he is part instructor, part preacher, and part coach. He keeps me on track and in pursuit of my initial goal when I enrolled in NYSS, which is to find my truth. 

Working on Easter Sunday, 2022, oil on canvas, 120 x 60 inches.
Drawing at the Met Museum.

The School has cultivated within me a revitalized interest in art history from a new perspective that feeds my work daily. One of my favorite classes, which I have taken every semester, is Drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Clintel Steed. The class meets weekly at the Met where we work our way through history, drawing for hours directly from the source. Additionally, within the classes offered at NYSS, there exists a balance of working from observation as well as from imagination which allows me to nurture the strengths of both. The rigorous drawing classes have instilled a daily drawing practice into my schedule, leading my work to continually develop in unfamiliar, yet fortuitous ways.

My journey at NYSS is not complete, I have much more I want to accomplish and to absorb. The entire process so far has pushed me into corners and down rabbit holes. With the guidance and support of my faculty and peers, I am confident that I can navigate my way through and prevail, seeking to find my truth once more.

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