Suzanne L. Vinson is an artist, mother, and minister living an intentional life toward wholeness, kindhearted listening, and compassionate care. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with the love of her life and their two kids - sweet boy (age 12) and sweet pea (age 4.75). Suzanne creates soul wisdom art, meant to deepen the experience of life, delight, and connection.
Suzanne holds a Master of Education from Mississippi College and a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, with post-grad coursework done in bereavement care and chaplaincy. She has facilitated bereavement groups, retreats, and studio gatherings since 2003, and finds group facilitation to be endlessly fascinating and rewarding. She has led mindfulness retreats for young adult cancer survivors, healthcare staff, and faith-based community groups. Suzanne is currently an Interim Minister at Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, VA and specializes in short-term ministry based in pastoral care, chaplaincy, and creative spirituality.
Suzanne is a sensitive and gracious facilitator of the healing arts utilizing guided meditation, visualization, and mindful creative practice as primary tools to engage both the intellect and the human spirit. Suzanne’s soul work - gathering folks - is invitational with a sincere intention that those who gather release burdens and fears of expectations and begin to engage in self care with a table set as a creative banquet. Suzanne helps open the heart for self healing. She engages people at the depth of her core for the healing energy of the world to manifest. Retreats and gatherings in Suzanne's studio focus on spirituality, mindfulness, and creativity. She loves traveling and carries her "mobile studio" as she leads retreats, facilities workshops, and speaks to groups. Suzanne offers her art to others as a means of daily delight and soul care. Her art, retreats, and gatherings are creative yoga for the soul.
A creator since the early days of mud pies, and grass and blooming soups in rain water, Suzanne would paint or color and play, play play. 4H was an avenue of exploring through travel, conversation, and working with her hands. Suzanne started as a minister in the church in her early 20s, but before that, she babysat and sold plants at a nursery, which carried her through college. During her undergraduate days and her first masters degree, she worked at the preschool at the college - cooking and teaching in the afternoons. She enjoyed gathering the art supplies and creating projects for the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds to create. Her calling expanded from those times. When ministering in church Suzanne facilitated bereavement groups before moving more into chaplaincy. A call to the heart lead her to move towards a space of her own, and so she found and moved into her current studio space so she could welcome groups into the home of her art. She relies strongly upon the intersection of art and spirituality, the healing work of gathering folks together, and showing up for speaking engagements, retreats, and groups... believing that something wonderful happens when all are sharing the same air and space for a period of time.
On Soul Work and #theartofdailyliving
I began describing my work as “soul work” a while ago. What I do with my hands and heart and mind connects my inner life to paper or canvas. What I do as I lead connects my spirit to the spirits and energies of all in the room. We create beautiful soulscapes and tablescapes as we create and share with one another.
On Instagram and in my writing you’ll see I describe and use the hashtag #theartofdailyliving often, it’s even in my "Daily Living" planner/workbook/journal series. I see life as art, a living work of art that is messy and true. Life lands on counter tops and tables with bills to pay, ads to recycle, meals to share, stories to tell, and folks to invite near. We’re all in the same boat, though our perception of what’s around us might be different. I choose to see my life through a lens of beauty. Even the dust of our days in the pile at my feet can be beautiful as I sweep. I use the time in my kitchen to deepen my spiritual life. My kitchen window holds my altar with candles ready for lighting, a bowl of paper chain prayers with names written on each, pottery birds and bowls, and green plants.
When I started moving from purely abstract into integrating the wisdom I was hearing, I found my art rooted in a place of growth. My art began to grow as I gave myself permission to use the materials I loved most: watercolors. The art went deeper as I gave myself permission to trust my intuition and combine ink and pencil into my work. If I did all this in secret, I would be fed. Instead, I'm living life wide open - hands, heart, and all. I’ve chosen to share through my blog(s) and social media over the years and sharing helps me to expand my heart and my art. I love hearing the stories of others who tell me that I made the piece for them, that the message or image spoke to them in a particular way. I believe that’s part of the art making. We become co-creators as you witness the work of my hands.
Knowing the value of the art of daily living, I make art that is made to care for others through rituals of healing, receiving care and love, and to release what is carried that no longer needs to be. My reproduction art and soul care goods are under the banner Silver Tree Art which aims to add delight. My studio is located in a sunny room overlooking the treetops in historic Ginter Park in Richmond, VA.
West Elm Pop Up, Virginia Beach, VA
Health Brigade Art Show "Home Means Love"
The November Gallery, Westminster Canterbury Richmond "Awardinary" Show
READ Art Show, Richmond, VA
Atlas Holiday Art Gallery
Crossroads Art Gallery
Feast: Festival of Word, Table & Image Gallery Participation
Country Living Fair - Atlanta, GA
ACC Wholesale Buyers Market - Philly & Baltimore
"Like every good seeker, Suzanne Vinson is a guide. Like every good artist, she inspires. Suzanne seamlessly integrates her work as artist, speaker, retreat leader, writer, and facilitator. She captures what she sees—beauty, wisdom, and color—in and through her art. Through her retreats, she creates a space of artful hospitality where she invites others to do the same."
- Annie Campbell
“There is nothing more peaceful, soul-nourishing, or creatively stimulating than the gift of sitting at the table in Suzanne’s studio. I’m not a visual artist, but enjoy creating things with my hands — particularly while sipping a cup of tea and engaging in thoughtful conversation with others. Suzanne has an incredible gift for making strangers feel like old friends, creating art as a form of meditation, and inviting others to hit the pause button on the busy-ness of life. I leave her studio feeling refreshed, relaxed, and grateful.”
- Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt, bestselling author of Finding Thalhimers
“Suzanne has awakened something within me that I still draw upon.”
- sacred circle mandala workshop participant from WomanKIND
"Always developing, discovering, creating… Suzanne keeps folks curious with her playful use of mixed media. Customers are always tickled to discover her work and keep coming back for more! She is truly a delight to work with!"
- Kacey Stafford, Found Studio Art
"Suzanne’s folk and nature inspired work is sweetly reminiscent of good times past or of better times to come. She plays with themes of birth, rebirth, nature and of the spiritual world in a way that will bring a smile to your face."
- Indie Fixx
"With images and nuances of flora and fauna, Suzanne’s block prints are beautifully simple, but they are akin to dancing patterns and are full of symbolism. Her block prints were part of the PikaPackage Project in March 2009, and were chosen because their wonderfully organic nature. She has also come up with great advice for managing time in issues of the Good to Know zine; a monthly publication about creativity, business and life for artists, illustrators and designers." -Amy, Pikaland
The Phoenix Soul
Sprout Online Magazine
Illustrator, Pastel Butterflies. Richmond Young Writers.
Book Cover, Strength for the Journey by Judith Bledsoe Bailey.
Book Cover & Chapter Art for In Search of the Heroic by Andrew B. Gardner
Richmond Times Dispatch
IndieFixx Galleria Feed Your Soul Art Project
Pikaland’s PikaPackage March ’09
Pikaland’s Go Travel Pkg. August ’10
The Good to Know Zine #3, 4, 5
Richmond Craft Mafia Blog
Joie Online Magazine