Pictured: Jewelry created by Liliana Schuett.
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The Soul’s Inspiration


Shea Stanfield

Some would say, “Art inspired by Nature walks the soul back home.”  Very early on, local jewelry artist Liliana Schuett found endless inspiration in daily walks to school, as a child, observing Nature’s ever changing colours, shapes, textures and patterns through the changing seasons.

Liliana was born in Santiago, Chile, she recounts, “As a young girl, the small patches of vegetation and pools of water on the sidewalks fascinated me.  I imagined them to be large magical landscapes.”  These early memories influenced her work and the way she looks at the world.  Liliana’s artwork is eternally inspired by those special places she finds tucked and hidden away; the glint and sparkle of sunlight dancing on a pool of water, or the subtle shades and shadows of light brushed across a spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape.

When Liliana was 10-years-old her family immigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, Calif.,  She credits her initial creative influences to her mother who was an artist and fashion designer.  Lilianna would go on to study Communications and Advertising Design at the Art Center College of Design in California.  She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in 1983, and Masters of Arts degree (MA) in 1985 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she focused on printmaking, painting and drawing.  Later she achieved her Public Art Certificate from Arizona State University in Tempe.

Over the years Liliana worked as an arts administrator and educator in California, Colorado and Arizona.  She has exhibited across the U.S. including shows in Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, and Seuferer-Chosy Gallery in Madison.  In Illinois her works have been on exhibit at Northwestern University in Evanston, and in Arizona at Main Street Gallery in Scottsdale.  Liliana’s work is also recognized in the corporate collections of Johnson Wax Corporation in Racine, Wis.; Nitrogen Corporation in Milwaukee, Wis.; and Froedert Hospital in Wauwatosa Wis.  The visual arts have always been a creative outlet for Liliana, and definitely her life’s passion.  In retirement, she works from her home studio, in Scottsdale, Ariz, expanding her wearable art creations into metals, enameling and gemstone mounting.

According to Liliana, “The interaction of the various colors, textures, and reflections of gemstones, pearls and metals provide inspiration and joy in my jewelry designs.  Each piece is unique, timeless and lovingly created.”  In many respects, “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.”  To meet Liliana Schuett and view her designs personally, plan a visit to the Arizona Sage Art Market opening February 2, 2018 at the Holland Community Center www.azfcf.org in North Scottsdale.  She is available for commissions and private showings by appointment by contacting her at LilianaSchuett@gmail.com, visit her website at www.LilianaSchuett.com, or Facebook.com/lilianaschuettestudio.  Contact Arts Columnist, Shea Stanfield, on flowingquill@yahoo.com.