Sumi Zushi is an emerging artist dedicated to exploring the qualities of landscapes in oil. She is inspired by the beauty of nature and strives to capture the quality of light, colour and pattern that change from season to season, day to day, minute to minute, sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. Painting brings her to a near meditative state. She attempts to express with intensity, the immediacy of her experience within the landscape. Her brushwork can be aggressive, stemming from a physical reaction to the setting in which she is working.
Sumi spent much of her childhood in the UK where she developed a passion for the natural environment, immersed in the English countryside. Training as an architect, she was able to rigorously explore the intersection of nature and culture. A move from England to Japan to re-connect with her family roots exposed her to an alternative view of the natural world held in ancient temples and traditional garden design. She emerged from her years in Japan with a deep understanding of Japanese art and culture.
Sumi began her journey as a painter in England. Since then she has steadily progressed by immersing herself in various environments. In Vermont she captured the forlorn beauty of the late fall mountain landscape and in Northern Ontario she studied the light and colour of fresh winter snow. She is on a constant pursuit for new sources of inspiration, which will continue to lead her to unique and challenging environments around the world.
Sumi is a self-taught artist. She owes her achievements as an artist to the work of many master artists around the world: Koushiro Kiri, Michelle Dunaway, Sergio Sanchez, Carol Rubin, Tom Thomson and Claude Monet.