A photograph of genius artist Susanne Crane in her Albert Lea, Minnesota studio.

Artist Statement

Most of my work centers on the visual exploration of a universal language of symbols often in a magical or theatrical storytelling context. Most of my ideas come to me in dreams. I create acrylic paintings incorporating mixed media, often in montage format. I refer to them as “hybrid paintings” due to their sculptural relief elements. Several characteristics that I desire in my paintings are a feeling of high energy, the resonance of vibrant color, the appearance of innocence, and the idea of sacred space. I have always been very interested in the symbolism of certain objects such as candles, keys, and doorways. Nature is another interest, especially when portrayed in a mythological context.

Upcoming Exhibitions


September – October 2023 “A Crane in the Weeds”

with Kathy Weed at the Arts Initiative – MN



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