Susan Lomino’s Journey of Courage

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T18-11-OBIT-Susan Lomino 1Susan Lomino passed away on December 14, 2012 at her home in Woodland Hills, after a fourteen month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family, husband Dan of forty-eight years, their two children David and Tamara, and grandchildren Julia and Robert.

Susan was born on April 7, 1947 in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated Grant High School and later attended UCLA. She and Dan were married on Valentine’s Day, 1965. They met two years prior in an elevator, and everything was up from that moment.

Susan and husband Dan lived in Topanga for many years in a home that they designed and built. Susan became a member of the Topanga Canyon Gallery 15 years ago. She traveled the world, Thailand, India, Nepal, Japan, China, New Zealand, and all of Europe, leaving a legacy of paintings and ideas for a thousand paintings that are yet to be…

Artwork by Susan Lomino. During her years she learned to Belly Dance, joined Troupe Mosaic, designed her own costumes, and danced at numerous venues. In 1982, she joined the motion picture industry as Set Designer and later became an Art Director. Some of her credits are, Hill Street Blues, Dallas, Never Been Kissed, Training Day, Postman, and Samantha Who? She worked in the industry until retirement, May 2009.

Susan was diagnosed with cancer in October 2011. Her life turned on a dime, and she embarked on the journey of healing. She read books with positive mantras. The Artist’s Way and Finding Water, by Julia Cameron, were just two of the books. She would journal each day to record treatment and feelings. She understood that there are times that you can’t control external forces. However, she knew that there are always choices as to how one could react to those forces.

Artwork by Susan Lomino. Art was going to play a major role in her treatment and recovery. Some of her first thoughts were to paint large abstract images of the evil beast that lurked within her. She remembered that “Susan” in Hebrew means “Lily.” In the Apocryphal Book of Tobit, Susannah was a woman of courage who defended herself from a wrongful accusation, “The Beast.” She shifted her focus to the positive and began a year’s long affair with Water Lilies. She would, after some treatments, visit lily ponds on the way home, i.e. Melody Nursery, Japanese Gardens, Pierce College, and Calabasas Lake. When she arrived home she was inspired to work on a new piece. She didn’t name her pieces, she dated them. Sadly I never asked why she chose not to name them. I suspect that the completion date of a piece, and not the name of it, meant more to her. She channeled images of herself surrounded by water lilies at a one-woman show. It was another way to conquer “The Beast.”

Susan will only be with us in spirit at her one-woman show, “Susan’s Lilies, Journey of Courage,” that will proceed as scheduled at the Topanga Canyon Gallery located at 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. #109 in Topanga Canyon. For more information, call (310) 455-7909. The show will open on May 1 and run until May 26. There will be an artist reception on Saturday, May 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The members of the gallery have been extremely supportive. As is the tradition Susan’s show will be in the front half of the gallery with the rest of the membership showing their work in the back half. Most members’ works will focus on the “Journey of Courage” theme. Please try to attend the reception or drop by during the month, Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m.—6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

All proceeds from Susan’s works will be donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, Palliative Care Unit.

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