Sue uses photography as references in much of her work. Some photgraphy is also availble 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. Ongoing travels throughout the US, especially hiking in the Cascade Mountains, kayaking on the many area lakes and bays continually enlarge Sue’s resource library.
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 Coupeville 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 nature.
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 US, Canada and Europe.
Sue’s work is available as originals, various types and sizes of prints, and cards at numerous venue displays in the area.
Merchant Awards: Numerous Skagit Art Association’s Tulip Festival Award, Whatcom Art Guild Sea to Ski Art Festival Awards, and others.
Special Awards: Award of Excellence by Museum of History and Art, Heritage Gallery Award, Private Trust Award, Skagit Art Association “Best Tulip Representation.”
Juried Show Participation: Edmonds Art Festival, Art By the Bay in Stanwood, Puyallup Fair’s Fine Art Show, Coupeville Summer Festival, La Conner’s Elements Festival, Allied Arts Holiday Show, and Seattle Co-Arts juried shows.
Publications: Sue is one of the selected artist in the second edition book, Artists of the West.”
Sue has many art group affiliations and and has participated in numerous group shows in the region.