Three versions of a portrait of Sue Jane Smock, New Orleans based, internationally renowned Woodcut Printmaker
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Hanukkah!!!
I would like to show you my latest artwork, three versions of a portrait of Woodcut Printmaker, Sue Jane Smock. I also want to let you know that I will continue living in New Orleans, Louisiana. My move to Accra, Ghana was postponed from October to January as a result of unanticipated factors and I decided to stay in New Orleans, continuing to pursue my art and community projects.
Sue Jane Smock, the portrait's subject, is an internationally renowned, New Orleans based, artist born in 1937 who specializes in woodcut printmaking. As a woman of color she broke through many glass ceilings that were rarely accessible to women artists of color at an earlier time in her life. One major achievement was a solo show at the Smithsonian in 1967. Another was participation in a group show with Picasso in 1970.
I met her in the early 2000's when a beloved member of the arts community in New Orleans, the former Dr. G. Jeannette Hodge, introduced her to me. Sue Jane Smock was teaching woodcut printmaking as an Artist-In-Residence at Dillard University then. I met her again when I was teaching printmaking at Dillard University from 2006 to 2010 and she became a mentor and friend.
My plan is to interview her and shed more light on this amazing artist in the future.