Born in 1981, Ezra Suko was raised in the Pacific Northwest. He began painting at age 14 when he asked his father (a former painter himself) for his old painting supplies. It was then that he discovered the joy of re-creating the world through paint. As he began painting, he observed nature and experimented in order to improve himself as an artist, and in 2001 award-winning artist Jerry Yarnell began to mentor him. Jerry instructed Ezra in the principles of composition and gave him helpful practical advice as a beginning artist.
For years Ezra’s preferred medium was acrylics, but in recent years he’s enjoyed the marriage of brush strokes and softness of edges that can only be achieved with oils. The inspiration for his paintings comes from those glimpses of beauty that spark his imagination and which can be seen in the world that surrounds our daily lives. Ezra regularly makes pencil and oil sketches from nature, which he then uses in the creation of his studio paintings. His subjects range from the dramatic to the commonplace.
In March of 2008 Ezra enlisted in the Army and served two deployments in Iraq. The idea of joining the military came after he lost his brother-in-law and soldier Gabe DeRoo in Iraq. Gabe’s relationship to Ezra was more than just a brother-in-law, he was an inspirational role model. Ezra served from March of 2008 to October of 2011 with the 3d U.S. Cavalry from Ft Hood, TX.
Now, with new life experience to draw from, Ezra has traded his Army rifle back in for his paintbrush and is prepared to create new and inspiring canvases with the aim of celebrating the good, true and beautiful things of life.
Ezra’s work has been accepted into both regional and national exhibitions, including the famed Arts for the Parks competition and PaintAmerica. He is a current member of Oil Painters of America and was selected as an “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine. His work is represented by, Waterhouse Galleryin Santa Barbara, CA, Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, WA and Waters Edge Galleryin his hometown of Gig Harbor, WA. He also accepts commissioned works for individual collectors. Ezra recently relocated to Fort Worth, TX where he lives with his beautiful wife, Heather and their three children Noah, Bella and Luke.