Wise Women Wednesday: Sudie Rakusin

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Q. Who are you? What is your background?  
A. When I saw this question I was thinking about the order of importance when I list my ‘particulars’. I am an artist, a woman, a Jew, an ardent feminist, an Aries, an animal activist, a steward of our Earth. I believe I came onto this Earth to give back with my art, to create, in whatever medium I am using in the moment, a world where there is love, harmony and respect for the ‘other’ in a non hierarchical world. 
I’ve been an artist from birth. BFA in Painting from Boston University , MFA in painting from U of Arizona. 

Q. What is your work? 
A. I paint using oils, coldwax and acrylics, draw in pen and ink and pencil, sculpt in papier-mâché. My subjects are women, animals and the earth and I also do abstracts.

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Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am working towards my featured artist show at Frank Gallery where I am a collective member. I was anxious I wouldn’t get all the work done, but, I did. And right now I’m working on a cold wax/oil painting on panel that I might even finish by the deadline.

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did? 
A. I trusted my inner guides in hiring my new assistant without the influence or opinions or feedback from anyone else, strictly followed only my gut. And I’m ecstatic I did. 


Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not what's stopping you?  
A. I’m doing what I want to do. I listen to my own inclinations and follow them. After I finish this last abstract on panel I plan to start working in paper mache  again and my goal is 3-4 birds and may a few four leggeds.  

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self? 
A. Always listen to your inner voice, your guides. This voice is with us from birth and women, especially, from an early age, are shamed into not listening. The patriarchy has labeled it ‘women’s intuition’ in an attempt to belittle it so we deny this powerful voice coming to us from the Universe, from whatever word you use for God. It took me a lifetime to understand this. I would have done so many things differently, because this voice was always with me and I chose to not listen. Now, I call this voice up.

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Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers? 
A. There is one of the Four Agreements I really like a lot and seems important.

Don’t take anything personally. What this means to me is to ‘always remember the source’ when someone criticizes or tries to shame or embarrass you. Separate yourself from that person and see who they are and where their response to you is coming from. Most of the time it is all about them; their fear, or insecurity being threatened or feelings of lesser than. It takes you out of the equation.

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it? 
A. I wake up each morning, walk across my meadow, with my dogs, feed them, get some coffee, do some cardio and Pilates and get to work. I love when I can’t wait to get to the studio, because I’m in the midst of a project. When there are times I’m in between I go to the studio anyway, draw in my sketchbook, surround myself with my art supplies and let the universe know I’m available to be the conduit for whatever is ready to come through.

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Q. Anything else you'd like to share? 
A. I’ve been invited to participate in the RAW Raleigh presents Reflect by RAW: natural born artists at the Ritz Raleigh on January 10th and I want to invite you and your community to join me! I would love to meet you and hear your story at RAW.  A RAW showcase is an awesome event where you'll experience an independent film screening, a pop-up gallery featuring several independent visual artists and photographers, fashion shows from up-and-coming local designers, live musical performances, vendor booths featuring local artisans and accessories designers, and live performance art. You'll get a little taste of everything. Combine all this creativity with drinks, fun, and good company! 

I feel grateful to live in a community with unique and inspiring artists. My gratitude also extends to RAW: natural born artists for bringing a showcase to the Ritz Raleigh to create a memorable evening of creative expression, meaningful connection, and FUN. Purchase a ticket today and consider buying one as a gift for a loved one. The best gifts are memorable experiences that inspire :) And between now and December 25th, you get a pack of my holiday cards for FREE ($18.95 value) with your ticket purchase! Can't wait to see you there :)

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. Half moon.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I believe that genuinely complimenting others when you feel it is really important. When I’m with someone and they are wearing a color that looks good on them, I say it. In the gallery when a member brings in new work I support them. When anyone accomplishes something that’s been a long time coming I make sure to acknowledge it. And when I’m feeling love for someone, I let them know. I believe caring and loving is not finite and there is plenty to go around.

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