Texas transplant captures Costa Rica’s many creatures

Susan Adams’ red eyed tree frog

An artist who has been living and painting in Costa Rica since 1995 has a show opening Saturday at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery west of Liberia.

She is Susan Adams, and the show is titled “Costa Rica Mia.” The artist admits that capturing Costa Rica is a challenge. She says:

“How can one capture the essence of Costa Rica on canvas: from its magnificent nature to the people, their culture, and traditional way of life?”

Her answer:

“For this show I have selected subjects taken from my immediate world here in Guanacaste: the oxen, solid, loyal, and patient, pulling stones out of the creek, uprooting trees and hauling carts of fence-posts at the edge of Playa Tamarindo. I am constantly amazed at nature’s complexity and brilliance, hoping to capture a moment that connects us to a jaguar lying unaware or playing.”

Her techniques include stucco, gesso, acrylics, metallic paints and oils, and her images come to life on canvasses and banana papers, sometimes doors and windows.

She will be at the gallery Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show continues through Sept.14.

Ms. Adams appears fascinated by the creatures of Costa Rica. There is a jaguar, a macaw and even a painting of a chicken fight. But she also does scenic beach views.

Ms. Adams was graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in commercial art. She is an award-winning artist, including Best of Show 2002 Corpus Christi Independent, first place in Great Texas Birding Classic, and selected for Southern Living’s Green Home Showcase, Cinnamon Shores 2009.

It can take Susan two days to get the canvas primed and ready to paint; and sometimes a week before she actually starts painting.  She has been a school teacher and an illustrator.

More information is available at the gallery Web site or by calling 8386-6872 or 8386-6968.

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