Meet The Artists


Susan Klecka

I am a self-taught artist who began creating still-life paintings using oils on canvas, which I refer to as my “regular” art. I eventually tried my hand at acrylic on wood, developing my own style of “folk” art, which has resulted in my most recent work as the illustrator of a series of children’s books.
My style of folk art painting stems from frequent visits to the pueblos in various regions of Mexico, Central and South America. I interpret the simplicity of lifestyle and living, and combine that with the pure and vibrant colors found in the agricultural regions far away from the bustle of the large cities. I have found that these visual experiences, along with the warm and gentle demeanor of the people, offer abundant resources for creativity.
I enjoy being active in the arts community. I have served as chairman of the Mesa Arts Center Foundation, as president of Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA), and am currently the chairman of the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the Mesa Arts Center. I am honored to be a past recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women Award for Creative Arts for my work in promoting women artists throughout the years.


“imagination is more important than knowledge.”
– Einstein