Equally Yoked
Equally Yoked
Welcoming Summer
Welcoming Summer
Reflections on the Past
Reflections of the Past
Desert Dueler
Desert Dueler
Driven
A Thin Slice of Time

About The Artist . . . and Her Art

    
Devoted to painting an intimate view of simple things and days gone by, exposing the beauty and nostalgic spirit of the past.

    
Susan was born and raised in small towns in central Utah and lived in that state most of her life. Spring of 2008 she moved to the Tucson, Arizona area. She’s just a country kid at heart, and because of that, her art subjects turn more and more to those rapidly vanishing country sights that bring a nostalgic feeling of simpler times.
     Though Susan has worked with a wide variety of art materials, her favorite medium is watercolor. Its challenge and diversity fascinate her. She uses rich color, dramatic lighting, and the visual effects of texture in her art. She focuses on finding beauty in the ordinary . . . even things which have been cast aside or abandoned . . . things we would not usually consider an art subject. A close up look at old rusty farm equipment or automobiles of days gone by is the subject of much of her work. Susan wants to tell their stories of a time of usefulness and contribution.
     Likewise, she finds enjoyment in the common flowers and plants, which usually don’t get noticed, much less, attention or respect. ‘Those which you might see going down a quiet country lane. She feels there is value in everything . . . even if it is old and rusty, or plain and simple. Susan is drawn to the shapes of things: wheels, gears, pulleys and parts. She has a strong sense of composition and design and loves the effects of unusual lighting. She prefers early morning or evening sun, which forms long shadows and interesting shapes on her subject. They become important elements of the whole design as they take ordinary things and turn them into a work of art. Because of those fleeting shadows, Susan works from photographs and is always on the lookout for her next subject.
     Susan has chosen to share her love of art by teaching and helping others gain confidence and skills. She has been an inspirational teacher with an objective eye as she has taught watercolor, portraiture, color theory & composition, and drawing classes, and has been a guest lecturer from elementary school groups to university level workshops, for many years.
     Susan is a Signature Member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her art has hung in many galleries and museums in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. She hopes you enjoy her art. And it’s her desire that you see things a little differently when you leave. . . taking a closer look, and discovering beauty in unexpected places.

Gallery:

Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery
151 North State Street
Morgan, Utah

A Selection of Juried Shows, Awards and Exhibits

Arizona Aqueous @ Tubac Center of the Arts Feb – Mar 2013
SAWG Fiesta Sonora @ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Dec – Jan 2013
SAWG Signature Member Show Feb 2013
     Award of Excellence
Arizona Aqueous @ Tubac Center of the Arts Feb – Mar 2012      Image was used for Advertisement of Show
SAWG Fiesta Sonora @ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Dec – Jan 2012
     Image was used for all advertisement materials of show
SAWG Fiesta Sonora @ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Dec – Jan 2011
     Best of Show Award People’s Choice Award
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Annual Show May – June 2011
Arizona Aqueous @ Tubac Center of the Arts Feb – Mar 2011
     Award of Excellence
SAWG Signature Members Show Feb 2011
     People’s Choice Award
SAWG Fiesta Sonora @ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Dec 2010
     Award of Excellence
SAWG Experimental & Innovative Show Nov 2010
     Award of Merit
SAWG Fiesta Sonora @ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Dec 2009
     Award of Excellence
Master Artist – Master Teacher @ Tubac Center of the Arts May 2009
     Award of Excellence
Arizona Edges @ Tubac Center of the Arts Jan 2009
Springville Museum of Art Religious Show Nov – Dec 2007
Utah County’s “Showing Off Utah Artists” Oct – Nov 2007
     Honorable Mention
Utah Valley Artists Guild Fall Show Sept 2007
     Second Place
Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon May - June 2007
Utah Valley Artist Guild Spring Salon March 2007
     Honorable Mention
Two man exhibit: “Rust & Roses” at Utah County Art Gallery Dec 2006
Utah Valley Artist Guild Fall Salon Sept - Oct 2006
     First Place & Second Place
Utah County’s “Showing Off Utah” May 2006
     Honorable Mention
Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon April - June 2006
Utah Valley Artist Guild Spring Salon Feb 2006
     Third Place & Honorable Mention
Utah County’s “Showing Off Utah” Nov 2006
     Honorable Mention
Utah Valley Artist Guild Fall Salon Oct 2005
     Second Place & Honorable Mention

Education:

BA, School of Fine Arts, Brigham Young University, 2004
Studied Visual Arts & Communications, Utah Valley University
Associate of Science, Elementary Education, Snow College, 1980
Community Education and various workshops

Associations:

Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild
Tubac Center of the Arts
Board member of UVAG 2007-2008
National Watercolor Association American Watercolor

Studio:

Tucson, Arizona area
e-mail: susans5@cox.net

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