I discovered Susan Ruiter by chance and it was love at first sight.
The gallery and the studio
Susan’s gallery is located in Vlaardingen, in a lovely street.
As soon as you arrive, you notice that there is also her studio at the end of the gallery. This is amazing: you can actually see where and how she creates her drawings. It is like being inside the process.
After a little talk, I took some time to walk around and admire the space and her works.
When you meet Susan Ruiter, you see she is like her art: gorgeous and joyful. Her goal is to make people happy with her paintings, and, trust me, you can totally perceive that. Happiness comes from every detail of her artwork. You immediately are impressed by the bright colors, the round shapes and the way she draws people and animals.
She was working on several paintings, but I’ve portrayed her with this one that shows three women in a bed. It reminds me of when I used to do pajama parties with my friends, those nights in which you talk a lot, you laugh and then you just fall asleep with a big smile on your face. I love having this kind of feeling when I’m in front of an artwork.
Susan realizes lots of pieces. You can find on her website a lot of works for sale or for rent. Yes, exactly, you can hire a painting for €10 per month to see if that is the right piece to have in your space. Spoiler: it will be.
There is more. If you want to add a personal touch and you want to choose which size and colors you prefer, she also creates commissioned works. You can send her, for example, some pictures of your dog, of you with your family, of your daughter and so on. In this way, Susan will be able to get some inspiration from those images and create a unique piece for you.
Before leaving, I received some cards and also a calendar as a gift. That was a great capper to the day.