Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 39 at "something" led her to Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, where her impressive roster of instructors included Edward Shenton, by then a veteran artist whose career included the role of house illustrator for Scribner's magazine and marriages of his drawings with the work of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway. For many years, Hetzel could be found in the classroom, an educator who changed course mid-stream to return to her artistic pursuits. "I stopped teaching because it was interfering with my painting," she said of that day in the mid-1990s. Today, Hetzel — who by the way is presi- dent emeritus of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America — is an advocate of her artistic domain. "ere are 95 watercolor societies in America. It's called 'America's medium,'" said Hetzel, who yearns for a day when there will be an academic degree offered in the art form but even more, financial aid to launch talented students. "You should be able to get a scholarship in watercolor." ese days, Hetzel's studio is in her town- house in the picturesque Bedford neighbor- hood in Raleigh, where she landed nearly 2 years ago to be close to a daughter and grandchildren. Her bookshelves include such titles as "Techniques of the Great Masters," "N.C. Wyeth," and "Homer, e Odyssey." "Ask me if I miss the snow or the minus 45 degrees," she said of life in Chicago. Her garden is just outside. "I like my inspiration close by," she said. Here, the experimental nature of her craft, which extends to acrylics and beyond, continues to this day. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," she said. "Hence the trash can by the side of the desk." One of her latest creations is a colorful eye-full of flowers, now displayed atop her fireplace mantle. "is is a painting I made out of credits cards," whose stash of canceled and discarded ones came in after a call for "supplies." "It was fun to do because I could sit in front of the TV and cut them out," she said of what actually became a "labor intensive" project. It did, however, come with some unusual insights into charge-card colors. "A lot of blue, a lot of white, a lot of black. I learned that there are very few that use yel- low, very few that use purple." Now firmly planted in North Carolina, Hetzel is sharing her talent and expertise, teaching watercolor, drawing, and studio classes at St. John's Episcopal Church in Wake Forest, Jerry's Artarama in Raleigh, and even on the high seas. "I teach watercolor on the Queen Mary," she said. "I get a free ride, and I get to teach painting. You're on the ocean for 6 days. I just did it on a whim." More Artwork on the Following Pages ❱❱ ARTWORK COURTESY OF SUZANNE HETZEL "Little Fish at School" "Easy Rider"

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