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Susan has always wanted to draw and paint. She pursued a Fine Arts major at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received degrees in both fine art, (drawing and painting), and graphic design. She spent more than 15 years of her career in design and illustration, winning awards, but her true dream was to produce her own work. In 2010 she left the design field to dedicate herself solely to fine art painting. She spent a lot of her youth riding horses, hunting and fishing with her father which she draws upon in her paintings. She strives to paint often “en plein air” and also the figure from life. To capture a scene or catch people just being themselves is a passing moment that inspires her.

Juried Shows and Awards
2020 American Women Artists – Spring Online Show
2020 (up coming show) National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society – Best of America – Small Works – Annapolis, MD
2020 (up coming show) Women Artists of the West – 50th Anniversary Show – Settler’s West, Tucson, AZ March, 27, 2020
2019 Plein Air Salon – First Place Overall – Oct/Nov.
2019 Women Artists of the West, Mountain Aire – 49th National Exhibition, Boulder, CO
Award of Excellence 2019
2019 Governor’s Art Show – Loveland Colorado
2019 Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational
2019 California Art Club – Gold Medal Exhibition
2018 through 2011 Plein Air Artists of Colorado, National Juried Fine Art Exhibition
Award of Merit 2011, 2015 and 2016
2018 Women Artists of the West, 48th National Exhibition
2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America, National Exhibition
2018 Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition
Award of Excellence
2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America, Small Works
2017 Women Artists of the West, 47th National Exhibition
Castillo Award of Excellence
2017 through 2011 Randy Higbee – 6 Inch Squared Juried Show
2016 American Women Artist – Spring Online Juried Show for Associate Members
2016 California Art Club – Gold Medal Show
2015 Plein Air Salon
Best Nocturne – October/November
2015 Oil Painters of America Salon Show
2014 Oil Painters of America – Western Regional Show
2014 through 2012 Best and Brightest – Scottsdale Artists – School Juried Show
2012 Lone Tree Juried Art Show
Award of Merit
2012 Plein Air Moab
Honorable Mention
2011 Wildlife Fine Art Show – The Goodnight Trail Gallery, Mancos, CO
2011 American Impressionist Society – Annual Juried Show
2010 through 2009 The Richeson 75 International Juried Competition
Award of Merit ‘09 &’10