Glenn Suokko is drawn to painting the representation and abstraction of nature, the familiar and unfamiliar, the rendered object and the flat plain, and brief moments that are transitory and allusive. He paints in oil on pure linen or cotton canvas, as well as in oil and pastel on paper. In his compositions he seeks to offer quiet contemplation, and to depict the serenity where he works and lives in rural Woodstock, Vermont. His paintings reside in private collections in many towns close to home, and in cities as far from Vermont as Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, The Hague, and Paris. Suokko formally studied art and design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA (BFA) and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI (MFA). Since 2001, he has shown his paintings privately at his studio, twenty-four feet from his house. In 2009, Glenn and Ann Billings Suokko opened the Art Gallery at Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vermont, which they continue to operate in partnership with glassmaker Simon Pearce, and where Suokko now shows his work and books that he creates, as well as the work of artists he represents.
Representations of the land where I live and work, created in response to watching the seasons and the weathering skies kiss the hills, meadows, woodlands, and orchards.
The abstractions start as broad color fields and the paintings develop in layers through association or memory—a bright May day, a magnificent red barn, wildflowers in bloom—without a predisposition to outcome.
Direct, minimalist expressions of structures and shapes on the rural landscape and the spatial relationships of the sky above them and the land or water around them.