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Snow Scene
Snow Scene
Snow Crowned Pine
Snow Crowned Pine
Afternoon Fashion Show
Afternoon Fashion Show
Adam's Forest
Adam's Forest
Misty forest morning
Misty Forest Morning
Susan Parkinson

     Susan Parkinson delights in bringing the outdoors indoors. Her hope is to dramatize the ordinary—things that you might pass by unnoticed when walking or driving—bringing these simple but intimate images of nature into your living spaces to make your walls come alive. She knows that paintings set a mood in a room; and they touch us even when we’re not totally aware of them.
     She is more interested in being a poet-philosopher than documenting place—”I want the painting to strike a deeper experience with the natural phenomenon surrounding us every day—the intent is to capture insights which help us pause and think about the magic of this ongoing creation, why we are here, and how we might value and preserve these natural systems and organic wonders.” She especially enjoys expressing different moods, pushing feelings, light and shadow, atmosphere, celebrating skies and giving life to ordinary landscape milieu. On the other hand, she playfully creates abstract compositions using natural objects: capturing the rhythmical shapes of trees, leafs and florals located in various places she has lived and traveled.
     Parkinson is an energetic artist and educator who enjoys working with oil paints, watercolor and multi-media. The daughter of a successful western artist, Lee K. Parkinson, she has been exposed to art since her early childhood and has done professional gallery work as well as teaching for over twenty years at Utah Valley University.


Utah State University Master of Art Degree, Spring 1990
Brigham Young University Educational Leadership Doctorate Degree 1993-2001 ABD

Work Experience

  • 1990-1993 Viewmont High School Art Teacher; Advanced Placement and Commercial Art
  • 1993 Davis School District Art Teacher of the Year; Viewmont Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 1993-1994 Timpview High School; Advanced Placement and Commercial Art
  • 1995-2008 Reader (Judge) and Presenter for National Advanced Placement Art Portfolios
  • Presented at over 30 A.P. Teacher Workshops in Utah, California, Colorado and Arizona
  • 1994-present Associate Professor, Utah Valley University, Tenured service (Excellence in Service Award, 2000)

Art Shows & Awards

  • 2014 Associate member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists Juried Associations
  • May 2014 Zion’s Bank Juried Group/ Solo Show, Provo, Utah (sold 6 paintings)
  • 2014-15 Award: Utah Arts Council Traveling Show
  • May 2014 Utah Watercolor Society Spring Open Exhibition
  • April 2014 Three Artist Show, Scerra Historical Gallery, Orem, Utah
  • April 2014 Oil Painters of America On Line Spring Competition
  • March 2014 Solo Show, Terra Nova Gallery, Provo, Utah
  • March 2014 Bountiful/Davis Art Center Annual Statewide Competition
  • Feb 2014 Solo Show, Peteetneet Museum & Gallery, Payson, Utah
  • Feb 2014 Honorable Mention, Utah County Art Board Juried Show
  • Feb 2014 “Red” Invitational Show @ Terra Nova Gallery, Provo, Utah
  • Nov. 2013 Watermedia Showcase, Blue Ash, Ohio
  • Oct 2013 Woodbury Museum: UVU Faculty Exhibition
  • Sept 2013 AUW Utah Women Artist’s Exhibition, SLC, Utah
  • Sept 2013 Scerra Group Show; Orem, Utah
  • July 2013 Heber City Plein Air Festival
  • July 2013 Third Place, Professional, Steel Days in American Fork
  • 2013 Hermitage Art Gallery Summer Show, Paris, Idaho
  • 2013-14 Award: Utah Arts Council Traveling Show
  • 2013 Utah Watercolor Society Spring Open Exhibition
  • 2011 Dean’s Purchase Award, Woodbury Museum, UVU Faculty Show
  • 2011 Davis County Invitational Art Show
  • 2010 Honored Artist, North Ogden Cherry Days

144 E. 1200 S.
Orem, Utah 84058
Email: sue@redplumdesigns.com

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