Susan grew up on a farm in England and is a country person at heart. She feels that living in Sonoma County is a blessing, and that a more beautiful place would be hard to imagine.
Susan loves painting out-of-doors above all. As a child she painted watercolor landscapes, beginning a love for plein air without ever having heard of it. She became a scientist by profession and was fascinated by the microscopic structure and function of plants. She feels this background provides an important foundation for her work. Susan has been painting in Sonoma County since the 1980’s. Over time she moved into plein air studies and loose still-life interpretations. She studied with George Strickland, Armand Cabrera, Gil Dellinger, and recently with Chester Arnold.
Her influences are many: Constable, Corot and the Impressionists, Rembrandt, the Russian Landscape painters Levitan and Shishkin, and many others.
In 2003, together with a group of fellow artists, Susan established Graton Gallery, which has a reputation for quality among art-lovers in the area and with out-of-state visitors. Her work can be seen there daily, and she has a solo show once a year.
“With paint I have the tools to illuminate my subject and convey a tangible personal interpretation to connect with my audience. I want to show people the underlying essence of my subject, something that sparks recognition and pleasure.”
She is married to Patrick Ball, Celtic Musician and Storyteller.
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