Suzanne Barrett Justis Biography:
Suzanne started her earlier years growing up in upstate New York , with a professional artist mother and a life surrounded by the things she loved most..animals and nature. Suzanne graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Animal Science and pursued a career in cancer research at Vanderbilt University. Suzanne opened her art studio and gallery in downtown Kingsport in 2006 and has been successfully engaging with the public, her client base and students through her downtown site. Here at her art studio, Suzanne works with her many gifted students. She holds her private classes during the day, working "one on one" with many gifted artists....several of which are now painting professionally. A few nights a month, she will hold adult group lessons where she covers a little art history along with a lot of fun painting. When she isn't working with students, Suzanne can be seen painting at her easel, working on portraits, a commission piece, figurative works, wildlife or what ever happens to move her. It is in her "oasis" that she feels most at home and at peace. Suzanne travels all over the country and BC meeting with zoos and taking lots of great reference photos for her next wildlife piece. Suzanne understands and appreciates the zoo's conservation efforts and does much to help advance their efforts by donating pieces that are sold in auctions and fundraising events . The San Antonio Zoo, The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, The National Zoo in Washington DC, The Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke VA, and many more zoos have benefited from the generous donations of Suzanne's work. Many of Suzanne's pieces hang in zoo's permanent collections throughout the country including the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois; The BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico; The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere in Tennessee and the Dallas Zoo in Texas. Suzanne is member of many arts organizations, has shown in many juried and one man shows. Suzanne has volunteered her time and talents to many community projects: not because being an artist is what she does, but more so, because being an artist is WHO she is. Suzanne lives with her family in Kingsport, Tennessee and is living the dream.
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