Born in 1981, Ezra Suko was raised
in the Pacific Northwest. He began painting at age 14 when he
asked his father (a former painter himself) for his old painting
supplies. It was then that he discovered the joy of re-creating
the world through paint. As he began painting, he observed nature
and experimented in order to improve himself as an artist, and
in 2001 award-winning artist Jerry Yarnell began to mentor him.
Jerry instructed Ezra in the principles of composition and gave
him helpful practical advice as a beginning artist.
For years Ezras preferred
medium was acrylics, but recently he has enjoyed the marriage
of brush strokes and softness of edges that can only be achieved
with oils. The inspiration for his paintings comes from those
glimpses of beauty that spark his imagination and which can be
seen in the world that surrounds our daily lives. Ezra regularly
makes pencil and oil sketches from nature, which he then uses
in the creation of his studio paintings. His subjects range from
the dramatic to the commonplace.
In March of 2008 Ezra enlisted
in the Army and served two deployments in Iraq. The idea of joining
the military came after he lost his brother-in-law and soldier
Gabe DeRoo in Iraq. Gabes relationship to Ezra was more
than just a brother-in-law, he was an inspirational role model.
Ezra served from March of 2008 to October of 2011 with the 3d
U.S. Cavalry from Ft Hood, TX.
Now, with new life experience
to draw from, Ezra has traded his Army rifle back in for his
paintbrush and is prepared to create new and inspiring canvases
with the aim of celebrating the good, true and beautiful things
Ezras work has been accepted
into both regional and national exhibitions, including the famed
Arts for the Parks competition and PaintAmerica. He is a current
a member of Oil Painters of America and recently had his work
accepted into Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden III on display
at the Pasadena Museum of History