Column-Inch Collection



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Come visit our new community gallery to see local artists’ work. The front lobby of our offices at 42 Severance Green in Colchester have been converted to a free art space, where new local art will be exhibited monthly. Stop by Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Or view the online gallery below!



Spotlight on Susan Norton

Column-Inch Collection artist for the month of June

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By Elsie Lynn Parini
The Essex Reporter

Susan Norton, 37, of Essex, says her art is primarily about color. The Essex High School and Savannah College of Art and Design graduate typically uses watercolor and ink when she is on assignment, however, recently she has been spending her time making sculpture with paper, assemblage and fabric. “I also do work in digital formats, collage and occasionally acrylic,” she said.

Norton creates her work for a simple reason — “it makes me feel great,” she said in an interview.

“Expressing oneself is a standard definition of the pursuit of self-actualization,” she explained. “I find that everyone has their ways of doing this, from woodworking to creating beautiful meals to cultivating a garden. Creativity is absolutely vital to anyone’s health and happiness.

“Myself, I always found that I achieved a deep level of concentration and pleasure whenever I worked on my skills of visual communication. There have always been a lot of people around supporting me by supplying me with resources and encouragement, and I am still very motivated to work out compositions and images, solve visual puzzles.”

Norton achieves this with her use of color.

“Composition in eye-grabbing illustration is important and frequently based on color,” she explained. “Watercolor is very luminous and has its own way of moving on the paper – there are also many interesting things that can be done to create interesting and unusual textures beyond simply the effect of the paint interacting with the paper.

“Exaggerating shapes and making bold lines can have varied effects, from initiating a humorous scene to evoking an ethereal, ineffable quality. As an illustrator, my work is highly narrative, but I also enjoy attempting to tell stories of things that are perceived beyond the visual. Many of my favorite pieces illustrate the effects of music and motion, for example.”

This local artist capitalizes on the natural beauty of the area and inspiration from other local artists. “People here appreciate beauty and creativity, and the talent and skills that the community possesses is very inspiring — people are happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.”

Norton counts herself lucky to remain connected to her family’s roots in Addison County, while also having access to major cities. Oh, and the best part? Skateland.

“I try to go roller skating as often as possible,” she said, of the sport and exercise that has become her passion.

See Susan’s work displayed at the Column-Inch Collection throughout the month of June. Drop by anytime between 9:30 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun offices at 42 Severance Green, Unit 108, Colchester. Or view her work on the online gallery at 


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