About the Artist
An award winning Northern California artist, Susan’s passion for the outdoors and respect for nature channels her energy, inspiration and imagination in her paintings. California’s diverse forests, vineyards, coastline, mountain lakes and pasturelands offer abundant creative opportunities. “Nature’s moods are limitless…a constantly changing interplay of light and shadow, atmosphere, color and reflection. The vibrant nature of watercolor’s translucent pigments influence my personal interpretation of sound and mood. I find myself looking for ‘the painting’ in every watery pond, cloud pattern, shadowy doorway, and brilliant seasonal change. I want the viewer to be drawn into my painting by visualizing a story with passageways for exploration and joy”.
Water induces feelings of calm and meditation. “The nature of watercolor is to ‘float’ and settle…the trick is to let the pigment flow freely…and let the water do the work.” Rich layers of colors allowed to dry between layers create the desired jewel-like glazing effect – producing luscious, juicy, translucent depth in glowing colors that seem to vibrate from the surface of the heavy rag papers. Years of watercolor instruction and class work pushed Susan to evolve her own unique and color-intense style. “I had painted in various medium all during my younger life, but when I picked up a watercolor brush 40 year ago, I was hooked! In 1994 my style took an unexpected leap when I enrolled in my first workshop instructed by master Chinese Watercolorist Lian Quan Zhen. His ancient pouring method using only a triad of primary colors contributes to my growth as a valid painter”.
Best of Medium (watercolor), Sonoma County Harvest Fair 1996
1st Place, Amateur, Watercolor, Sonoma County Fair 1997
1st Place, Watercolor, Sonoma County Harvest Festival 1998
People’s Choice Award, Aqua Areas Annual Watercolor Show 2000
Honorable Mention, Aqua Areas, Sonoma County Annual Open Watercolor Show 2015
First Place – Artists Roundtable – February, June and October, 2016
First Place, Best in Section and Best of Show, 2016 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
First Place – Professional, Apple Blossom Festival, 2017
First Place and Best in Section, Professional – 2017 Sonoma County Fair
First Place – 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2018 Artist of the Year – Artists Roundtable all media art club, Santa Rosa, Ca.
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Studio, Lincoln, CA 707.479.6185
Phone: (707) 479-6185
Lincoln Hills Painters Club Art League of Lincoln, The Placer Artists Gallery at Hacker Lab, and Lincoln Hills Painters Club
Hours Of Operation
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F