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Batter Chatter: Interview with Susan Biebuyck, Donut Painter from PA

Believe it or not, I know three notable donut (or is it doughnut?) painters from Pennsylvania. I'm not exaggerating. The first one I became acquainted with was Nancy Bea Miller; the second, Mike Geno (and I actually own one of his originals--so take that!), and now, Susan Biebuyck.

Want to learn more about Susan and her work? Well, you could check out her website (and you should)...but why not also get to know her a little better in interview form, too? Here's the 411:

First off: donut or doughnut? In a sentence doughnut; as a title donut.

Second: cake or yeast? Yeast, top fermenting, thanks.

What is your favorite place to get donuts, and what is your favorite flavor? Dunkin, I'm torn between sugar twist and peanut butter icing on glazed.

Do you prefer to paint donuts with or without holes? Both, it depends on what medium I'm working with.

Do you ever eat the donuts after you paint them? No, but my family constantly asks they can have one. Often my still life sets slowly erode as the painting develops.

What is your artistic background? I've been an artist my whole life. When I was 14 I started working at Hershey Park as a painter. It was a sweet job for a teenager. In the mid-1980s - late 90s doing graphic design and illustration. When I became a mother, I decided to return to fine arts. I attended Kutztown University near my home in Berks County PA.

What medium do you work in, and why? I am an art supply junky. I love to play with materials. At some point in my career I decided to focus on one subject for a period and play with all the different possibilities within that subject. So I have in the past been known as "the pear lady" before I became "the donut artist." Often I exhibit oil paintings, watercolor, pastel and acrylic all in the same show. I also love to make soft sculptures.

Aside from donuts, what are some of your other favored subject matter(s)? Actually, I am a foodie. I love to paint food. I love to cook and have an extensive cook book library. I grew up watching a show called The Galloping Gourmet when I was very small. I used to draw while watching his show. His food and humor were sometimes the subject.

What's the next big thing you're working on and excited about? I've been working on a series of paintings of my daughter and I recently did a self couple of self portraits with donuts. My donuts are currently exhibiting at The GoggleWorks Center for the arts (where I have a studio), at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA, and at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA.

Want more? Visit Susan's site here.

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Reader Comments (5)

Wow...they look so.... real! I can relate to reaching out and almost tasting one when I visited your studio in Boyertown. Your artwork fits perfctly in my home kitchen! Thank you for making them look so "real".
February 10 | Unregistered CommenterJohn McMurray
These look so real. That's really impressive. Makes me crave some doughnuts. I love speciality doughnuts, I had some when I spent some time in Delaware. I can't remember the name of the shop, but it had some oreo cookie crumbs in it. Nice job though!
February 10 | Unregistered CommenterErin
Wow!!! These are wonderful!!! It would be so great to have a donut theme in a kitchen!!! Eeep!
February 10 | Unregistered CommenterDreaming Bear
Wow, those are gorgeous! I actually thought the first one was a photo until I started reading and realized it wasn't.
February 10 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie
Wowzers!!! Those look 3-D! At first I looked at them and was like, those look so good they could be fake. Then I thought to myself, man, those look like those plastic donuts from little kid playsets. THEN I realized they were PAINTINGS!
February 11 | Unregistered CommenterJess

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