“I love collaging women surfing, it looks like dancing on the water. Since I’m married to an avid surfer and photographer, and we both love enjoying the ocean with our daughter we love to travel where we can play and photograph to places like Mexico and Hawaii. I’m sure that’s why I collage the beauty of Southern California and Hawaii or any type of travel we do. I want my artworks to take people away from the daily concerns of life, maybe back to that vacation you had with your loved ones or a surf trip that you loved. I’m okay with my artworks attempting to lift people up and bring them back to a place of happiness in this often busy and hectic world.” Susan Wickstrand was raised in La Jolla, California. She works in various mediums from oil, acrylic and encaustic (wax) collage on wood panel.