“Since earliest memory she has been drawing and painting, which felt natural to her.” Susan received a BFA in Drawing and Painting at Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA., after working in graphic design for over a decade. She returned to her alma mater to work as Associate Director of Admissions, until her retirement. She taught community education classes, pre-college programs at the Art College, as well as Fundamentals of Drawing at the University of Irvine Extension Program. She loves painting outdoors, in nature, and is presently involved with various plein-air events and workshops through out the year. Susan has exhibited in juried shows, galleries, and art events in Southern California, NW Arkansas, and in Southern Oregon. She is presently showing at Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, on the Central Oregon Coast, and Rogue Gallery Members Show, Medford. Her art works hang in private collections, nationwide.
“To become embedded in the process is ultimate. She calls it an ‘artist high’.”
The capture of atmosphere, the play of natural light is emphasized, suffusing landscapes with life and emotion, it is with the Impressionist masters, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Eduard Vuillard who have influenced, and inspired her art making. She enjoys working with ink, pastel, charcoal and watercolor, and is currently using acrylics. Her finished landscapes incorporate mystery, passage of light and soft edges. They have a delicacy of line with the illusion of a solid place one would enter. She has no trouble starting a piece, and then allows the piece to pull her in. Mysterious, emotional, sensitive, moody, are words that have been used to describe her art. A mentor’s advice to her was: “Follow your own path and never waver. Never compromise or feel you need to change to follow the trendsetters, or what’s popular at the moment. We are born as ourselves, and as artists we spend our lives expressing that self.”