June 4-6, 2021 – Daily 10-5 – Mt Horeb, New Glarus, Blanchardville, Barneveld, Black Earth, Mazomanie

Susan Mendenhall

Watercolor & Acrylics

#18 on the Tour Map

This studio WILL be open for the Spring Art Tour

JazzArt (1st year on Tour) showing @ Summit Art Studio:

905 Daniel Pass, Mt Horeb, WI 53572
(608) 846-2642 | jazzart926@gmail.com

  • This artist accepts credit cards
  • Access: Studio set up in garage. Flat driveway and wheelchair accessible.
  • See more of Mendenhall’s work on JazzArt
Susan Mendenhall 'Little Houses' Watercolor

Little Houses


Susan Mendenhall, RecentWorks, watercolor

Recent Work


Susan Mendenhall, 'Winds of Change'

Winds of Change


Susan Mendenhall, 'Eye Candy'

Eye Candy


Watercolor & Acrylics

My artist name is Jazz and my artwork is known as JazzArt.

JazzArt is about simplicity – simple lines, simple patterns, simple colors, simple subjects – all to create a simple elegance. What brushstrokes bring whimsy and delight? What designs invite intrigue? What colors are the storytellers? JazzArt takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.

It has been an honor to be commissioned for paintings, greeting cards, and business logos. Buyers and on-lookers describe JazzArt as simple, happy, whimsical, playful, joyful, and calming. To bring these qualities into people’s lives is a privilege as an artist. If your eyes fall onto a JazzArt painting and your heart finds delight, I have done my job.

I paint in both watercolors and acrylics. The process I use with watercolors is called masking. The initial design is created using masking fluid on paper. After the masking has dried, the background and defining colors are painted. When the masking is removed, white organic borders surround the design. These are then ‘inked’ in black to make the painting come alive.

With acrylics, the use of lines and circles prevails. In some cases, layers of colors and markings give the painting texture and dynamic. This results in many paintings, one on top of the other, each informing the next. The final painting becomes more interesting because of the many stories it holds.

JazzArt began with a most unique greeting card line which continues today. My commitment to the importance of the personal letter and a lifetime love of quotations, brings a partnership of words and image to support and encourage a person’s life. These 5 x 7 cards offer simple watercolor designs that interpret inspiring quotations for the message to be seen and heard.

Susan Mendenhall, painter in her studio

Spring Art Tour Demonstration

I will be demonstrating the masking process used in my watercolors. A fluid called masking, much like rubber cement, is applied to the paper. When the masking dries, the watercolors are applied to the background and defined design areas. After the masking is removed, a white organic border if left around the colors. While this could certainly remain as a finished painting at this point, I prefer to ink all around the design, making the painting pop.

Susan Mendenhall 'Little Houses' (Detail) Watercolor