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Deva says: I am fascinated with collecting and creating from found materials. When I start a painting, I'm often inspired by the texture of the wood, the grain, nail holes, burn marks, weathering, the most unique qualities of what I'm working with. Giving new life to discarded objects and finding the beauty in what is broken is an inspiring process.

While the material is often the starting point, it becomes about finding a sense of unity between material and image, a space where imperfections, scars, beauty and darkness can all coexist. Combining the warmth of distressed wood canvases with elusive and radiant figures creates an unlikely duality. The mood is peaceful and haunting, perfect and flawed.

A lot of people ask me who my women are. They're not specific people as much as they are representations of thoughts, feelings, ideas and experiences. So many stories go through my mind as I work- she feels safe, she tries to let go, she emerges from a storm, she wants to be at peace, she descends under the weight, she pushes and pulls- internal battles that are familiar to all of us. In the end, the stories fall away as I look to feel and create a sense of balance.
acrylic on found wood
Deva Suckerman
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

May 07, 2013 11:41:56 AM

Deva embraces the beauty of discarded objects--creating new paintings around the existing "flaws" in found wood. Do you love her combination of distressed material and her subject?

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May 08, 2013 05:01:44 PM

Beautiful, textured, and soulful.

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May 08, 2013 05:40:58 PM

Thanks, Kelly. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts about mt work! -deva

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May 08, 2013 06:40:06 PM

Brilliant artist!

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May 08, 2013 06:41:22 PM

Such beautiful art!

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May 08, 2013 06:47:43 PM

Deva's paintings are all ethereal and a perfect harmony of mystery and accessibility . Echo is gorgeous and reflects Deva's style of wanting to join with the subject. I love the images and the materials she chooses, and hope the viewing public will support her incredible work!

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May 08, 2013 07:25:34 PM

Deva makes nothing but super amazing work from reclaimed wood. Destined for stardom!

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May 08, 2013 08:24:51 PM

Deva's art is creative from the beginning, using found materials and her style of painting is fabulous! I love this piece!

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May 08, 2013 08:51:23 PM

Deva is amazing!!!


May 08, 2013 10:18:02 PM

I own 2 of Deva's pieces and they bring me joy every single day when I look at them..In addition, she has done the illustration for my website..Yup, Deva rocks...

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May 10, 2013 09:11:53 AM

I loved Deva's work the first time I laid eyes on it! Hauntingly beautiful. peace...

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May 11, 2013 08:43:26 PM

Beautiful and haunting, Always a hint of mystery and darkness.

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May 13, 2013 10:09:57 AM

I love this piece. I can't wait for an opportunity to bid or buy a print.

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May 13, 2013 05:41:49 PM



May 15, 2013 05:17:43 PM

Love your work and its peaceful energy and moody depth.


May 28, 2013 01:21:46 PM


thanks for commenting