After a successful 25-year career as a designer/goldsmith, Susan Jo Klein D’Alessio is fulfilling her life-long dream of living and working as a painter.
Upon completing the Certificate Program in painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2012, she has exhibited her work during the yearly Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), at the Mainline Art Center in Haverford, PA, and at the Cerulean Arts Gallery as well as other venues in the Philadelphia area.
She is currently a member of the Cerulean Arts Collective in Philadelphia.
An admirer of the Abstract Expressionists painters of 1960’s since her days as an undergraduate student at Grinnell College in Iowa, Susan is a committed abstract painter.
Drawing on her years of experience as a jewelry designer, her training as an art student at PAFA, and her observation of the world around her as she commutes between her home and studio in Philadelphia, she creates abstract non-representational paintings and collages. Working intuitively with no fixed idea of the end result, Susan begins with one shape and continues to add other shapes one by one to build the work. While mindful of the principles of composition and color, she stays open to accident and chance. The results are often both quirky and interesting.
Susan K. D’Alessio often creates works in a series. The Fire paintings of 2017 are a memorial to her brother, Tom. The 2018 series of fabric collages Arleen’s Colors are a tribute to the creative quilt making career of her friend, Arleen.