Susan Gainen is a Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian who incorportates a lifetime of geometric abstract designs into creatures' portraits.
She lives on a well-traveled path and flyway in Saint Paul, MN. Historic, pre-historic, and present-day whimsical creatures visit her studio, sit for portraits, tell stories, and eat all of the snacks.
Originally a watercolor purist, she now incorporates acrylic mediums, found and created objects into her work.
Among the creatures that she has documented are: The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul, Saint Paul's Backyard Roosters, The Wild Parrots of the Grim Winter of 2013, Saint Paul's Tiny Wild Parrots/Hummingbirds/Elephants/Owls, the Pandas and Frogs of the Hidden Bamboo Forest of Saint Paul. She has published a book of LLLamas (their spelling), called "Meet the LLLamas," and a 70-page compendium of whimsical creatures' portraits and stories called "The Small Friends' Chronicles."
My primary goal as an artist is to Spread Whimsy.
I have the great good fortune of living on the first designated Northern Whimsical Path and Flyway and my research into the creatures who travel them is sponsored by the Small Friends' Research Institute.
In 2007, I learned that the name for my lifetime of doodling was called "geometric abstraction." It took several years (from 2007 to 2014) to understand how the creature portraits and the abstract designs complemented and supported one another.