Here is just a snippet of the interview….
“Howard Friedland and Susan Blackwood are two well established, and highly respected, professional painters working in the fine arts . Although their professional names differ, they’re married and share the same house and studio. That fact intrigues me because it is certainly not the norm among us artists. How do they make it work? Our chosen profession, by nature, is a pretty solitary one. How do they handle critiques, dissimilar tastes, differing work schedules, administrative responsibilities, finances, and household chores? It’s all here, and more, in this very interesting interview. So let’s hear, in their words, how they make it all work….
Do your painting philosophies differ, if so, in what way? We approach the same fundamental understanding and love for representational painting in slightly different ways. We tend to like the work of the same painters both alive as well as deceased, although there are times when we differ. We like to challenge ourselves, so we both enjoy painting a very wide variety of subject matter including animals, still life, landscapes, cityscapes, interiors etc. Generally though, Susan tends to have a more feminine flair for subjects and paints in a more realistic style, which includes figurative and portrait work. Howard seems to be more impressionistic and has a more masculine feel to his work and primarily paints landscape.”