Beneath the Cottonwoods #SPAF2020

Susan Hediger Matteson
Susan Hediger Matteson
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.
Oil on Linen
12 x 12 in




Susan Hediger Matteson, “Beneath the Cottonwoods”
12×12 | oil on linen | Framed | Shipping included | $930.00


This work is part of the 16th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival – a festival unlike anything that we have ever done before! A first-of-its-kind, an all-woman festival, presented completely online October 24 – 31, 2020.

Each artist will be sending in work from their own diverse locations for presentation in the Arts Center’s online Gallery. At the conclusion of the festival week, well known plein air artist Lyn Boyer of Colorado will conduct an online awards ceremony.

Artists will submit new work as it is completed, accompanied by short narratives describing their selection of place and/or their creative process. Works from the festival will be available for purchase from Oct 25 – Nov 30, 2020.

Online presentations allow for rich content that could not otherwise be experienced. Art lovers will be able to immerse themselves in presentations from their favorite artists throughout the festival. From live demonstrations, to short videos created by our festival artists all across the country, to an online gallery of new works updated daily.

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