Sue Layman Designs: Blog

Lessons From An Abstract Art Gallery: Abstract Art Techniques

October 06, 2015

Sue Layman Art Gallery Memphis Painting

  When picking up a paintbrush to create an abstract piece, there are no rules. You can go outside the lines, make it up as you go and layer colors galore. Abstract art is a method that would make your 1st grade teacher (who stressed staying inside the lines), go... Read More »

Choosing Patterns, Color and Shapes

September 08, 2015


It’s no question that Sue’s art pieces are unlike any other. Every painting is carefully thought out, bringing into account the message she wants to portray. Sue chooses the pattern, layering effects, colors and shapes with a specific end goal in mind. In this post, we will provide insight into... Read More »

New Collection Unveiled at Sue Layman’s Memphis Art Gallery

August 20, 2015


For the past month, Sue has been working tirelessly on her new collection, entitled “Grace and Space.” According to Sue’s interpretation, grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, while space is the unlimited expanse in which everything is located. The artwork was unveiled to the public on July... Read More »

Advice to New Artists

July 27, 2015

Sue Layman Art Gallery Memphis Painting

Becoming an artist is an exciting and great adventure. You discover things about yourself and your world that you never knew existed. We sat down with Sue to ask her what advice she would offer to new artists. Q: Where would you tell a new artist to begin when starting... Read More »

Abstract Art: The Storyline is in the Eye of the Beholder

July 23, 2015

Unlike many traditional artists, Sue starts every one of her pieces with a blank slate, and no, we don’t just mean her canvas. When Sue sits down to construct a piece, she does not have a preconceived notion of what it will look like, feel like or signify. Instead, she... Read More »

Art Trends in 2015

July 07, 2015

The art world is constantly shifting because there is no limit to creativity. It’s a trendy industry with buyers’ preferences and artists’ techniques changing day by day. This year is no different than years past with new trends emerging constantly. Popular 2015 trends include: Subtle gradients: Texture gradients convey the... Read More »

The Havana Biennial Art Exhibition

June 17, 2015

At the end of May, Sue, the owner of local Memphis art gallery Sue Layman Designs, traveled to Havana, Cuba, with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies travel program for the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition. This educational tour gave Sue the opportunity to travel to a variety of destinations around... Read More »

Lessons From a Memphis Art Gallery: Abstract Art 101

June 08, 2015

Abstract art is a contemporary form of art that uses different shapes, a variety of colors and an assortment of textures. It doesn’t represent anything realistic, but rather is a form of expression through experimentation. All of Sue’s pieces fit into this genre and will easy integrate into and brighten up... Read More »

Catching the Fire of Memphis Revival

May 18, 2015

Live Art Demonstration by Sue Layman at the Tennessee Brewery Revival Sue had the weekend of her life when she was chosen as one of eight local artists to commission a piece for a live art demonstration at the Tennessee Brewery Revival from April 23 to 26. Before this event,... Read More »

Six Reasons You Should Buy Local Products

April 21, 2015

There are many factors that go into where you buy a product. For almost any product you’re looking to buy, there will be a local distributor that supplies it. All you have to do is research. Local producers are eager to gain your business and are very willing to provide... Read More »