About the Artist

I am interested in imaginatively expressing a reality that exists outside of ordinary perception. With paintbrush and canvas, with oil paint and a sense of unrestrained energy, I hope to evoke a sense of wonder and enchantment that transcends the subject and goes beyond the limit of human senses.  My goal is to paint representations of nature that are harmonious and beautiful and, simultaneously, to engage the viewer in a reality that is beyond perceptual appearances and expectations.

Exhibition Schedule and Awards:

  • Women Artists of the West 44th National Juried Exhibition, President's Award, San Diego, CA, May 2014
  • Reno Portrait Society Exhibit,  July 2014 - People Choice Award
  • The Chronicle of the Horse Magazine - Holiday Issue cover, December, 2012
  • The Chronicle of the Horse Magazine - Art Gallery featured article, Speptember, 2012
  • Oil Painters of America OnLine Showcase, Fall 2011 ( click here: OPA Showcase )

  • Women Artists of the West 41st National Juried Show, Rockport , TX,  May 2011 - Best of Show
  • Wilcox Hotel, Aiken, South Carolina  - Featured Artist,  February  through March, 2011
  • Gallery 4311 at the San Diego Hospice, January 8 - March 5, 2011 - People's Choice Award
  • American Impressionist Society 11th National Juried Exhibition, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN October 2010.
  • Women Artists of the West 40th National Exhibition June 2010 - Juror's Choice Award.
  • North County Society of Fine Arts 2010 Open Juried Exhibit, Mach 2010 - First Place, Oil and Acrylic
  • Rancho Bernardo Art Association Juried Art Show, Poway Center for the Arts, San Diego, California, September 2-29, 2009-2nd Place Award
  • Pacific Trust Bank, San Diego, July 2009
  • Ramona Art Guild Open Juried Show at the Poway Center for the Arts, June 2009-2nd Place Oil and Acrylics
  • Rancho Bernardo Art Association Juried Art Show ,  April , 2009-1st place Oil and Acrylics
  • North County Society of Fine Arts 2009 Open Juried Exhibit, February, 2009 - Best in Show and The Slattery Award
  • San Diego Hospice Juried Art Show and Sale, San Diego, CA  January 3 through February 28, 2009-People's Choice Award
  • The Best and Brightest Juried Art Show at the Scottsdale Artists' School in Scottsdale, AZ, October 16-November 22, 2008
  • The American Impressionist Society 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, November 22-December 22, 2008 at the Coda Gallery in Palm Desert, CA
  • Rancho Bernardo Art Association Spring Awakenings Juried Art Show, April, 2008-1st place Oil and Acrylics
  • The American Women Artists 2007 Juried National Competition at the LeKAE Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, December 6, 2007 through January 6, 2008
  • Poway Woman's Club Celebrate Women Art Exhibit, March 2008
  • Pacific Trust Bank, San Diego, CA,  2007
  • Rancho Bernardo Art Association show at Casa de las Campanas, San Diego, CA,  2007
  • The Best and the Brightest Juried Art Show, Scottsdale Artist's School, Scottsdale, AZ,  2007
  • Charles Schwab Gala Event for 200 of their top clients held in the new Rancho Bernardo office, 2007
  • "Artists and Friends"  juried art show at the Poway Center for the Arts , Poway, CA, 2007
  • San Diego County Fair, 2006
Merit Scholarships awarded by The Scottsdale Artist School:

  • Figure Painting in Oil - 5 day workshop by Nancy Chaboun
  • Painting the Portrait in Oil - 5 day workshop given by acclaimed portrait artist Paul Leveille
  • The Impressionist Figure - 5 day workshop by figurative and landscape artist Henry Stinson
Susan is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and an Associate Member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW).

BEST of SHOW 2011-Women Artists of the West

The Principle of Uncertainty - oil on canvas  18 x 24

PRESIDENT'S AWARD 2014 - Women Artists of the West

Ballerina #3 - oil on linen 16 x 20