Sue uses photography as references in much of her
work. Some photography is also available for purchase. Extended visits to the
Queen Charlotte Islands and British Columbia, Japan and the Bird Sanctuary of
Midway Island have added variety to her reference library. On going travels
throughout the U.S., especially hiking in the Cascade Mountains, kayaking on the
many area lakes and bays continually enlarge Sue’s resource library.
Having personally owned dogs, birds, and a variety
of pets, and having worked for many years in a veterinary clinic has given Sue
an empathetic insight into the individual personalities of the animal and bird
Formal training began with the Art Instruction
School of Minneapolis. She has studied under numerous artists in a variety of
mediums. Sue takes ongoing workshops with the Dakota Arts Center, and many
individual workshops. These continue to increase Sue’s knowledge and ability to
better portray the personalities of life or spectacular vistas of
Having been raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sue has
a deep appreciation for the beauty and majesty of nature. She has always felt a
close affinity with the nature and animal life found in the area and
Sue’s art portrays a moment of time in the private
life of animals or captures the beauty of nature in its majesty or plant life in
it’s precise individual beauty.
Sue paints in oil, pastel and watercolor in a style
using fine detail, often giving a highly realistic representation. Her work is
in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Sue’s work is available as originals, various types
and sizes of prints, and cards, through various art groups, at numerous venue
displays; at Seabear’s in Anacortes, Watermark Bookstore in Anacortes, The
Market Gallery in Fairhaven, the Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor.
Numerous Skagit Art Association’s Tulip Festival awards, Whatcom Art Guild Ski
to Sea Art Festival awards, and others .
Excellence by Museum of History and Art, Heritage Gallery Award, Private Trust
Award , Skagit Art Association "Best Tulip Representation" (among 38 booths),
and numerous Artist of the Month awards.
Juried Show Participation:
Edmonds Art Festival, Art By The Bay in Stanwood, Puyallup Fair’s Fine Art Show, Coupeville Summer Festival, LaConner’s Elements Festival, Allied Arts Holiday Show, Seattle Co-Arts shows, and Associated Artists of Ocean Shores.
Northwest Pastel Society, Madrona, Artists Northwest, Skagit Art Association, Whatcom Art Guild, Greater Marysville Art Guild, Whidbey Allied Arts, Seattle Co-Arts, Art League North, Stanwood/Camano Art Guild.
GROUP SHOWS: Depot Small Works, Depot 98221 Show, Taste of Skagit, Cancer Show at Greenbank, Artist’s Northwest shows at the Edison Eye Gallery and the Depot Gallery, Seattle Co-Arts , Whidbey Allied Artists in various locations including Coupeville’s summer festivals, Skagit Art Association’s Art in A Pickle Barn, Arts Alive, Whatcom Art Guild’s Art by the Lake spring and fall shows, Stanwood/Camano Art Guild’s Art by the Bay and Spring Art shows, Roaring & Purring Show at the Solovei Gallery, The Cats show at the Depot Gallery, Fort Worden Wildlife and Nature Art Exposition, Western Reflections Fine Arts Shows, Celebration of Western Art shows, Everything Birds, Tulip Festival Winery and Orchard show, Art at the Schoolhouse, Art Bash, Greenbank Gallery, Insights Gallery, The Market Gallery in Fairhaven and the Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor.
Publications: Sue is one of the selected artists in the second edition book, "Artists of the West".