Why paint?  "As a child I was very attuned to the natural world; my father introduced me to woods, fields, and streams.  I've always had a deep love for and wonder of those things, and that extends to the animal world.   As an artist,  I am able to revel in the dappled sunlight and deep shadow, in comparing the texture and shape of everything,  and enjoying the utterly delightful expressions and feelings of the animals I'm painting,   Beyond that though,  I feel a need to record what's here, and to try to impart the importance of the human response to nature.   Things have changed so much since I was a child, and will continue to change, of course, but by painting I am able to capture a moment in the woods, or the innocence of a newborn animal.  My hope is that we will take better care of the natural world and value it more, but in case we don't,  someday, in what I hope is not a bleak distant future, those who are present might look on these things I and others have painted and be transported back to the overwhelming beauty of what was, as interpreted by the artists living in those moments."  

Susan is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, and is 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 .  She lives in the beautiful High Peaks region of the Adirondacks (New York State) with her husband and dogs, and makes regular visits to Brooklyn to spend time with her 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. 

An interview with the artist may be found at:  http://www.artintheadirondacks.com/artist-profile-susan-whiteman-saranac-lake-pastels-artist/


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

Juried into the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, View Arts Center, Old Forge, July 2019

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. http://www.aplacetobark.com/donations    



The Pastel Society of America   http://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org/index.htm . Juried Associate Member

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

Saranac Lake Artworks   www.saranaclakeartworks.com  Professional Member

Adirondack Pastel Society  adirondackpastelsociety.com . Board member, Webmaster, Publicity