Susan is a native of Colorado and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She received her BFA at Colorado State University in 1981. After many years in the Interior Design Industry, she is now pursuing her love of watercolor painting and drawing. Since she started painting she has been in numerous juried exhibits and has received many awards. Susan is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Colorado Watercolor Society and the Texas Watercolor Society. She was a docent at the Denver Art Museum and worked as the Interior Design Manager for a custom home builder in Denver, CO. She is currently an Independent Design Consultant and pursuing her dream of painting full time.
I love to capture people in watercolor. I am intrigued by human emotion and the human experience. I intuitively choose the people I paint. They represent the common man, those who are not often noticed but still have their story to tell. I want to capture that moment and reveal the emotion behind the mask. Through the transparency of watercolor, I build the character and complexity of a person, layer by layer. It is about capturing the person, the moment and the light. I work from black and white photographs taken during events or while traveling. The black and white format gives me the opportunity to see contrast clearly and allows me to create my own palette.