A local artist with a love of nature and concern for the environment uses those inspirations for creating colorful and eye-catching artwork.

Hailing from Missouri, Sue Friesz received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in studio art and has been creating art for decades. Friesz and her husband, who worked as a hydraulic engineer before they retired to the Oregon coast, lived in many places around the world, including Paraguay, Brazil and Egypt. She said the experience of seeing ancient art and architecture she had only read about in textbooks was life changing. “Here I was looking at hieroglyphics,” Friesz said. “It was just wonderful seeing those things in person.”

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