"My artwork explores the rhythms, tensions and harmonies of the natural world, reflecting my sensory perception of patterns, energies, atmospheres and relationships. I invite the viewer to experience with me the interplay of color and movement, form and texture in my interpretations of nature. I work with the idea of above and below, seen and unseen, in my paintings. By multiple layering I create my rendition of this perception.”

Strauss was born in Tuscan, Arizona, but has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since the 1970’s. She draws much of her inspiration from Southwestern landscapes, East-Asian artistic technique, and the coastal environments of France and Britain. Most of her work focuses on the appeal of color and shape and the basic elements and forms found in nature.