Left Behind


Railroad Crossing


Gondola Station


Ruby Mountains


Landscape 5

New Work

Photo Op

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

For as long as I can remember I have always loved to draw. My husband Mike introduced me to the world beyond our California home with numerous road trips as well as travels in Europe and Asia. On these adventures, I continued my drawing habit filling sketchbook after sketchbook. Today, having moved to Idaho, I am surrounded by the unique beauty of the Wood River Valley and the majestic Pioneer, Smoky, Boulder, Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains. Their many gifts inspire at every turn. Amazing qualities of light, vast and colorful landscapes, and fantastic cloudscapes are ready subjects for my palette and my sketchbook.

Working in watercolor for over twenty years, I also enjoy painting in gouache and acrylic, choosing the medium which I feel best suits my subject. I am predominately a studio painter. Figurative subjects as well as portraits both interest me. Photos that I take on walks around our neighborhood, trips around the country, and in urban settings become my sources of inspiration. My photos supply an endless collection of subjects from which to choose. I am drawn to subjects that evoke a mood or tell a story. I focus on the way light plays on and defines my subjects.

I am always adding to my skill sets, taking inspiration from the many gifted and talented artists of today and the masters, particularly the works of Diebenkorn, Cezanne, and Sargent. I view my painting life as the gift that keeps on giving.

About Sue

  • Born and raised in Oakland, California. Current residence, Hailey, Idaho.
  • Graduate of University of California, Berkeley and Holy Names University.
  • Elementary school teacher for 25 years.
  • Artist in watercolor, gouache and acrylics. Enjoys sketching en plein air.
  • Past president of California Watercolor Association.
  • Numerous awards and paintings on exhibit nationally and internationally.
  • Master Signature Member of California Watercolor Association.
  • Signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and Missouri Watercolor Society.
  • Associate member of American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society.
  • Publications: South West Art, Splash, The Palette Magazine.
  • Represented by The Open Room, Ketchum, Idaho
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