Bio / Resume

Susan is a late-blooming artist.  After graduating from college with a BA degree in English, raising a family and having careers in retail and real estate, she received art instruction in workshops.

Susan finds the mixed media approach to art exciting, as it offers so many unique opportunities for expression.  Her love of learning is satisfied by this ever-evolving medium.  Her earlier creative outlet was music when she sang with a regional opera company and the Long Island Philharmonic.  She says, “Like learning to sing, learning to paint is sometimes tedious, but ultimately rewarding!”

Susan’s work has been recognized with awards from regional and national exhibits.  Her paintings are shown in fine art galleries and are held in private and public collections.  Susan’s painting “Concert Night” was commissioned to serve as cover art for “Love Letters to Music”, a poetry collection by JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Virginia Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Associations and Galleries

Virginia Watercolor Society – signature member
Central Virginia Watercolor Guild – past President
National League of American Pen Women, Chesapeake Bay Branch
Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA
CoArt Gallery, Staunton, VA
Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society – signature member
Beverley Street Studio School, Staunton, VA
(Occasional Participating Artist)
Reid Street Gallery, Chatham, VA
Lemon Tree Gallery, Cape Charles, VA
Crossroads Gallery, Richmond, VA
Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

Selected Exhibitions 2010-present (*awards)

2020 – 2-person show – Louisa Arts Center, Purcell Gallery, Louisa, VA
Art Speaks Annual Juried State Exhibit – The Bay School. Mathews, VA
Annual Juried National Exhibit – Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, VA
Teeny Tiny Trifecta, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Art Unlocked, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville VA


2019 – Hotel Madison, solo exhibit, Harrisonburg, VA
Art Speaks Juried State Show – The Bay School, Mathews, VA
VMRC Annual Juried National Show – Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show, Lorton, VA
CVWG Annual Juried State Exhibit* – Charlottesville, VA


2018 – Wilson Downtown Gallery, solo show – Harrisonburg, VA
Shenandoah Valley Art Center Juried Show “Women’s Work” – Waynesboro, VA
Artemis Journal:Artists and Writers of the Blue Ridge – Taubman Museum,
Roanoke, VA
CVWG Annual Juried State Show* – Charlottesville, VA


2017 – Chroma Projects group show – Charlottesville, VA
Art Speaks Annual Juried Exhibit – The Bay School,Mathews, VA
Shenandoah Valley Art Center invitational exhibit “LOCAL” – Waynesboro, VA
Artemis Journal: Artist and Writers of the Blue ridge – Taubman Museum,
Roanoke, VA


2016 – VMRC National Juried Exhibit – Harrisonburg, VA
Art Speaks Annual Juried Exhibit* – The Bay School, Mathews, VA
“Cherry Bounce” Juried Exhibit – William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Les Yeux du Monde “Summer Light” show – Charlottesville, VA
Shenandoah Valley Art Center Annual Members’ Show* – Waynesboro, VA
CVWG Annual Juried Show* – Charlottesville, VA


2015 – Blue Ridge Community College group show, Weyers,Cave, VA
Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit* – Harrisonburg, VA
Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Juried Exhibition – Charlottesville VA
Les Yeux do Monde group show – Charlottesville, VA
Shenandoah Valley Art Center “New Watercolor” juried Exhibit – Waynesboro, VA
Art Speaks Annual Juried Exhibition, The Bay School, Mathews, VA


2014 – Shenandoah Valley Art Center Annual Members Show* – Waynesboro, VA
Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition
Beverley Street Studio School Juried Landscape Exhibit, Staunton, VA
Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society Exhibit* – Harrisonburg, VA
Exhibiting at Chroma Projects – Charlottesville, VA


2012 – Beverley Street Studio School Juried Figure Show – Staunton, VA
Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibit
Annual Juried Exhibition Art Speaks Gallery – The Bay School
Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society Annual Show* – Harrisonburg, VA


2011 – VA Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit
SVWS Annual Exhibition* – Harrisonburg, VA


2010 – CVWG Juried Show – Charlottesville, VA
BSSS Juried Figure Show – Staunton, VA
“Paint and Poetry” with Paul Rosen, Westside Gallery – Smith Mountain Lake, VA