CMS Student Sue Coombs tells us about her Modern Portraiture Workshop with Carolina Zanelli

December 11, 2018

How/when did you originally find CMS, and what keeps bringing you back? 

I took my first class in 2006 and have continued taking workshops and am now on staff sharing what I have learned. I consider myself a lifetime student as there is much to learn about this art form and my relationship with it.

How has this visiting artist workshop you’ve taken informed your practice? 

Carolina Zanelli’s workshop on portraiture in the Spilembergo style of mosaic was both enlightening and challenging. Working realistically requires that the end result resemble the subject matter in value, detail and expression. My patience was tested in a big way! The contemporary version of mosaic in the Spilembergo style is new to me and a technique that I can readily apply to my own current practice. Carolina spent a lot of individual time with each student to ensure we were understanding the concepts presented.

What do you look forward to in your future learnings at CMS? 

I look forward to the visiting artists that come to CMS and learning how and why they work the way they do. CMS is a place where like minded people gather, share and create mosaics and to me this is what feeds my soul.


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