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"We work until we vanish" -Philip Guston

As artists, we spend hours, days, years in the studio analyzing, experimenting, observing and discussing. But the magic occurs in stillness.


Nothing is more satisfying, exciting nor mysterious than when a new and clearer level of seeing and guidance takes command. The conditioned mind subsides; the paint takes charge and I become the messenger.   


My interest in scale has varied over the years. For a long time, I needed to work very large. Usually 7' x 7'. It's physical, demanding and aggressive. I would start with a simple structure, build it up, obliterate it and bring it back again. Forms appear and are developed. Others are eliminated. The process of building up and tearing down would take place over months and months.


Then something shifted. I craved making smaller paintings (often 6" x 6") and wanted the process to be immediate. Either the first spontaneous, bold marks worked or they didn't. As can be imagined, frustratingly, they often didn't, but when the positive/negative space, composition and forms came together with both tension and harmony, the result was satisfying. Can "very simple" be exciting? I want to find out. 


Patterns (dots, in particular) grabbed my attention. Can something as simple as a dot have a personality? An attitude? Is the dot lonely? Or rebellious? How do they behave when they're in a crowd? Bolder and braver, perhaps? The dots became my friends and were endlessly interesting and full of surprises. 


One of the reasons working and playing with paint is so satisfying, is because paint handling has no limits. I can splatter, scrape, scratch, smear and drip...whatever the canvas or paper in front of me requests (or demands).


The only certainty is that the paint is in charge; my job is to listen and respond. 

Susan Aulik 2019



Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

Juried by Jeremy P.H. Morgan


Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA (Solo)


6th Annual Juried Show, Piedmont Center of the Arts, Juried by Carin Adams, Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California, and Nancy Lim, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture,San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


"Eight at the Fourth" , The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA

Sloan Miyasato Fine Art, San Francisco CA



The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland CA (solo)


CRC Visual and Performing Arts Center "Chromatic Distortions" Yoshio Taylor, Curator


The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA (ongoing)


O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA "Bay Area Women Artists" Donna Seager and Suzanne Grey, Jurors


Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA "Variations on Abstraction: 2010-2014" Robert Ray, Curator

Gearbox Gallery, Oakland CA (solo)

Olson Gallery, Benicia CA (solo)



Gallery 621, Benicia, CA (solo)


Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA


Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA



O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento CA (solo)


The Depot, Mill Valley CA  (solo)


Alex Bult Gallery, Sacramento CA  (solo)



California State University, Sacramento, CA Master of Fine Arts


Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Master of Science in Journalism


University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA Bachelor of Arts


Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA


Yolo County Art Council, Woodland, CA


ICB, Sausalito, CA


Center of Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA


O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Donna Seager, Juror


ICB, Sausalito, CA


Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA


Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA


O'Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA


University Union Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2nd place as juried by faculty


Chroma Gallery, Sacramento, CA


Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento, CA Award of Merit


Chroma Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Awards & Recognition


Exhibition Committee, SF Auxiliary National Museum for Women in the Arts


Producer of short animated film, "The Star" Premiered at Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival. Vimeo Staff Pick Award


Producer of feature-length documentary film, "Friends of Mine" Premiered at Hollywood Film Festival


President, Board of Directors

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA


Founder and President: Aulik & Associates, Inc.

Clients included: Stanford Shopping Center, bebe, Pier 39, Bear Valley Ski Resort and North Beach Leather

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