Suzanne Foss

Moooooooooore brand new vendors at the Royal Bison! Hooray! Today let’s meet Suzanne Foss. Super fun fact: Suzanne has synesthesia, which, in her case, allows her to see the words and music that she hears. The resultant art is nothing short of incredible. Here’s what she has to say about it:

“All of the lyrics to a song are embedded within each piece of artwork. The words begin in the top left corner and read across and down to the bottom right corner.”

Absolutely Sweet Marie by Bob Dylan.jpg

What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)? 

I have been drawing my whole life, so I don’t remember my first ever drawing, haha. However, the first time I ever embedded song lyrics into my drawings was in 2010 when I was in grade 8. I used to doodle in class at school all the time (still do, teehee). The first lyrics were to a Pink Floyd song off their 1979 album, “The Wall.” Although, I unfortunately can’t remember what the specific song was…

Karma Police by Radiohead.jpg

What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker? 

Definitely just getting your name out there and getting exposure. Getting people to know who you are and what you do!

Does Your Mother Know_ by ABBA.jpg

How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges? 

Focus on the successes that you have accomplished so far! And just continue doing what you’re doing. And try new things, ex: sign up for different/new art walks and markets.

Me (holding Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles).jpg

Describe your current creative process in 3 words. 

Listen. Synesthesia. Draw.


\ \ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /

If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

Not sure what a studio pet is? Is that just a pet that you have? I have a dog, she’s
a St. Bernard.
Name? Lucy
Age? 8
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? She’s SUPER silly and loves to lick faces.