As I mentioned in a previous post, Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen opens September 5th through November 8th at the Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD. I am thrilled to have been chosen as one of the artists to create a “portrait” of Susan Wallace, Executive Pastry Chef of the Blacks Restaurant Groups in DC. I am finally finished and I wanted to share my painting, “Childhood Dreams Realized,” along with my artist statement about the piece.
In the meantime, mark your calendars for the opening reception on Thursday, September 10th at 6pm! This is going to be an amazing event. My painting will be on display, along with 20 works of art portraying other notable Women Chefs in the DC area.
I am honored to have been paired with the talented and inspiring Susan Wallace, Executive Pastry Chef of Black Restaurant Group. My artwork’s ongoing theme of tempting sweets coincides perfectly with Susan’s gift for creating and executing delectable and elegant desserts.
Getting to know Susan has been an amazing experience which has reminded me that childhood dreams, great role models, and hard work lead to amazing places. Susan’s childhood dream of becoming a chef was largely influenced by her mother, a food writer for the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. With her favorite toy, an Easy Bake Oven, and Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls in hand, she began her journey to achieve her goal. As Susan joined the ranks amongst the top pastry chefs she is regularly drew upon her mother’s classic recipes and cookbooks and then added her own modern twist.
The painting I have created inspired by Susan acknowledges her influences, delectable culinary creations, and the hard work and long hours it has taken her to become the Chef she is today. It only seems fitting to paint Susan amongst the backdrop where she spends her long days and nights: the kitchen at Black Salt Restaurant. Her nature is unassuming and Susan’s desserts are the focal point. Her mother’s cookbooks and her toy Easy Bake Oven are tucked in the shelves, as a reminder of her roots. Susan’s drive, determination, passion, and pride for the amazingly delectable result is truly inspiring.