Suzanne Ouellette's Modern American Cup Oil Painting


We've been fans of Suzanne's simple but evocative oil paintings for years. You may remember some of her work at our gallery in Rhinebeck. This year she created a series of cups and musings that we are excited to share and offer.

H6" x W8" oil on canvas

"Pottery has been especially important to me these days, during the pandemic. The objects we have at hand have a solemnity and prominence we didn't always give them when we rushed from home to the outside world. Now, we can savor and linger over that morning coffee and make a slow ritual of tea in the afternoon. Given how much I had come to appreciate these moments with cup in hand over the last several months, it seemed right to bring them into the painting studio and do their portraits.

There are some mornings when it feels just right to hold both a cup and a saucer. We found this mid-century cup in an antique store in Northeast Harbor, Maine. At first site, I loved the cup, its color and shape; but that it came from Maine -- a spot very close to my heart -- made it really special. The object was made by a potter in Blue Hill, Maine. 
In the painting, the cup and saucer sit on a favorite tablecloth for picnics. The cloth brings a relaxed country mood to the modern object."