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Meet Sue Cable

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sue Cable.

Hi Sue, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My journey really started in college, where I studied Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was really fortunate to do my last year of architecture school in Florence, Italy. We were surrounded by amazing art and architecture. After I graduated and started working as an architect, the industry went from drafting by hand to computer-aided drafting. I really missed drawing with my hands and enrolled in a watercolor painting class at UC Berkeley extension. I had a great teacher who encouraged me to continue painting by taking more advanced classes at her studio which I did for several years. I eventually moved from San Francisco to Boulder, CO to be closer to the outdoors. I also changed from being an architect to becoming a Realtor. I often found myself painting in between meeting with clients and waiting for contracts to get signed. As I continued to paint, I eventually started selling paintings as my friends started asking me if they could buy them.

I have had several incidents in my life where I have watched friends and family pass away at an early age or get sick, and because of that, I have always felt the need to live my life to the fullest and not wait for my retirement years to be able to live my passion. So, with that in mind, I decided to cut back on real estate and pursue my painting. I feel extremely lucky that I can blend my passions and enjoy the outdoors and paint the beauty that I see.

A few years ago, my husband and I bought an Airstream trailer so that we could explore more and really took advantage of it during Covid. Since we are self-contained, we felt safe, so we headed out on the road for a few months. Traveling really opens one’s eyes and in my case has given me so many opportunities to paint scenery that is different than in Boulder. We have also taken advantage of being able to travel to Plein Air Festivals where I can paint on location for a week at a time in amazing settings. We blog about our travel adventures at www.TheStreamingArtist.com so that we can share our experiences and the art created with others.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I think the biggest challenge for me has been that art is so subjective. What I create and think is beautiful may not speak to a juror, gallery or the public. I have to continuously remind myself to paint what I love, believe in myself and take the ego out of the equation. It is a great Buddhist lesson! In my gut, I know that I am on the right path, and I just need to trust the process and give it time.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I like to continuously challenge myself and try new things and learn how I can paint better. As of right now, I would say I mostly do landscapes with a bit of an impressionist feel and pet portraiture. They are very different in style, but I enjoy the change. I am an animal lover so being able to look at the sweet faces of cats, dogs, horses, etc. and be able to paint them with love is really fun. The pets I paint them in a more controlled style than my landscapes. I am most proud of being able to share the beauty that I see (whether in a landscape or a pet) with others. I find that as an artist I see things differently and appreciate the lighting on trees, or flowers on the side of the trail that my others don’t notice.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Boulder is such a great place to be able to access the outdoors. I absolutely love that I can be on a trail in 5 to 10 minutes from my house and I take advantage of that daily. There is so much variety in the trail system too so that one day there are lake views, the next day I might be in a pine tree forest, somedays there wildflowers, and somedays there we are surrounded by crisp clean white snow. Unfortunately, Boulder has been discovered and it has grown considerably since I moved here 22 years ago. I used to love the small town feel and the community feels as well. Now it feels more like a city.

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The photo of me in front of the Airstream – photo credit to Jeff Cable Photography

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