As a plein air artist, creating a piece of art is a response to what I’m experiencing on location, and it’s a way to capture a story with a composition that is written not in words, but in whirls of color, in light and darkness, and sometimes in the wonderful contrasts and contradictions that occur in nature. But the story is the driving thing. As I’ve stood by the side of the road working, the owners of the land I’m recording at that moment often come to share their stories of the land that has been in their family for generations, or they tell me of the house they have loved for so many years, or the names of their cows, or the story of their farm. Sometimes they’ll find me in a gallery or a restaurant, and tell me the history of whatever it is of theirs that I’ve captured on canvas. These everyday histories captivate me, and resonate. I hear them when I go back to a location to paint again. I am honored to listen, to be given the gift of the telling. It is a privilege to paint this land, whether it’s the farms, the vast wilderness in all its natural glory, or a street scene,

In the cold, cold, Adirondack winter, I’m in my studio, and lately I’ve turned my attention to still life pieces. They are a way to continue to paint from life, Old objects or the things chosen for the compositions have their stories to tell too.

Thank you for visiting my website, and for your interest in my art. I hope it takes you places and perhaps tickles a fond memory.


Just the facts, ma’am:

I am honored to be a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of, NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, in Saranac Lake, NY, the Adirondack Pastel Society and Saranac Lake Artworks, and a member of the Saranac Lake Downtown Arts and Culture Advisory Board . I live in the beautiful High Peaks region of the Adirondacks (New York State) with my husband and dogs, and make regular visits to Brooklyn to spend time with my son.

Materials: All paintings are made and framed with archival materials.  Pastels, made of almost pure pigment, are one of the most light-fast mediums, and are not subject to cracking or crazing.  Susan also works in oils.

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1st Place, Adirondack Artists Guild Annual Juried Show 2019 for “My Little Town”

“Sunday Dinner” and “Serendipity” (Still Life pieces) juried into the Pastel Society of New Hampshire show “It’s Pastel!” 2019

Watercolor, “Wistful Thinking” juried into the Open Annual Juried Show at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY. 64 entries were chosen out of over 200 submissions

“Summer’s End” juried into the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, View Arts Center, Old Forge, July 2019

“Heron Marsh” juried into the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, 2019, August

Juried into the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Canandaigua, NY 2018

“Summer’s End” Juried into the New Hampshire Pastel Society’s Show “It’s Pastel! 2018”

Juried participant, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, 2018

Participent, Keeseville Plein Air Festival, 2018

"Milkweed" and "Cat's Gone Ice Fishing" juried into the New Hampshire Pastel Society's "It's Pastel!" 2017 show.  

"Heron Marsh Pond" juried into the LPCA Annual Regional Artist's show, Lake Placid, NY Fall 2017

Adirondack Plein Air Festival, 2017 juried participant.  

Award, "Milkweed" Western Pastel Society of NY, 3rd Annual National Pastel Exhibition, Glens Falls, NY

"Daybreak, Olana Plein Air" and "Nebula" juried into the Adirondack Artist's Guild Annual Juried Show, 2017
November, 2015:  Awarded Juried Associate Membership in the Pastel Society of America

*On the Road, Juried Show at Plattsburgh's Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St, now through Oct. 31,2015.  Honorable Mention Award for "Canyon Road Adobe" 

Lake Placid Center for the Arts, "Big Little Show" invitational, December, 2015

Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition:  Juried Show, July 8, 2015-Aug. 8, 2015  The Shirt Factory Gallery and the Adirondack Pastel Society, 71 Lawrence St. Glens Falls, NY  "The Heart of Spring"

Life on the Lakes, Juried Show at the VIC, Paul Smiths, NY, through July 14, 2015

NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, Saranac Lake NY:  Juried selection, Regional Juried Show, November, 2014

Olana Plein Air Festival, Painting Landscapes Within the Landscapes, Hudson, NY:  Juried selection, 2013, 2014 (invited to participate in 2015, but unable to attend due to scheduling conflict)

The Artful Lodger, Clinton, NY: Solo Pastel Exhibit, March-June, 2014

Supported Charities:  

A Place to Bark. A dog and cat rescue from high-kill shelters.    



The Pastel Society of America . Juried Associate Member

NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, Saranac Lake, NY . Cooperative Gallery Member

Saranac Lake Artworks  Professional Member

Adirondack Pastel Society . Board member, Webmaster, Publicity