Suzanne Donazetti

Suzanne Donazetti began her interest in art with an oil painting workshop in Taipei, Taiwan. From painting she moved into fiber arts. While working as a text editor of scientific research papers at The Johns Hopkins University, she and her sister formed a small company making appliqued clothing and accessories. From a course at MICA Suzanne developed an interest in off loom weaving, using wire and hemp fibers to make sculptural pieces. After moving to San Antonio, she took jewelry classes at The Southwest Art Center and began making jewelry.

It was after moving to New Mexico that Suzanne combined these techniques and her interest in coloring metal to create small woven silver and copper pieces using chemical patinas. Wanting to work on a larger scale with more depth of color, she began using tooling copper as her canvas, which she colored with leaf and transparent layers of inks and liquid acrylics. For many years she did art and craft shows around the country with her late husband who was also an artist.

Suzanne won her first public art project in 1999 for the New Mexico Emergency Management Center in Santa Fe. This was followed by a project for the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage and a series of murals for the new terminal at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. Numerous commissions followed for corporate spaces, hospitals, hotels and private collectors.

Suzanne now lives in Carrizozo, NM in an old adobe with a wonderful studio in back, a sculpture garden, two cats, two chickens, lots of birds and the occasional skunk…. just passing through.

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