Suanne is an award-winning sculptor with over 27 years of professional experience, both in the commercial and fine art genres. Suanne received her undergraduate degree from a private college in Michigan known for its academic and foreign study programs. This provided her the unique opportunity to continue her study throughout Eastern and Western Europe, as well as the Middle East and parts of northern Africa. Continuing her art training at Pratt Institute in New York, Suanne earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. In between her undergraduate and graduate work, she studied for three years with master sculptor Jay Holland at The Center for Creatives Studies in Detroit, learning the foundation of figurative sculpting and anatomy.
Following her academic training, Suanne has worked both as a sculptor and sculpture instructor at fine art academies throughout New York, New Jersey and Chicago. Specializing in high-detail museum exhibition and display work, her main focus has been on sculpting the human form, with an emphasis on portrait studies and commissions. In addition, following her love of dogs, Suanne has developed a growing clientele for her canine sculptures and portraits.
Having recently made the bold move from the east coast to Los Angeles, Suanne is looking forward to continuing her work and passion for all things sculpture through teaching and connecting with the Teale Sculpture Studio community.
Suanne is a professional member of the Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas (portraitsculptors.org).
Melanie grew up in Minnesota on lakes and rivers and has spent her adult life near the ocean. Water is a pervasive theme in her work and she is transfixed by the qualities of water, and her sculptures have the transcendent ability to appear as water – sometimes solid, sometimes translucent, but always reflective.
She is perpetually pushing materials toward innovative structures, with her figurative work featuring layers of aluminum screen wire sewn into human forms. The repetitive lines of the stitching connect a patchwork of wire mesh, arranged to convey a tension among beauty, sensuality and ephemerality. She sees the layers of metal and wood as symbolic for how we as humans are also layers. Like onions we are layers. Like the wire mesh, we are layers. The layers are a metaphor for her of our own layered lives.
She is particularly interested in the relationship between the gods and humans. Growing up in a family of mostly women, she understands the story of women. Her sculptures are goddesses, balancing between the sea, the sky, the earth and the human.
Her most recent abstract pieces are an explorative dance between herself and material. These pieces are more about process than product because she is letting go of the trying and allowing the material to just move with her as she creates out of her intuition.
Melanie has her B.A. in Art Education from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with an emphasis in sculpture. She continued her post undergraduate sculpture education at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Melanie is a credentialed teacher with extensive experience teaching art to adults, children, and teens. She has been a founding art teacher for a large public high school as well as taught at several private schools. Since 2013, Melanie has been actively involved in the Los Angeles art scene as an exhibiting artist.