Artist Mary Susan Vaughn

An example of fine art by Mary Susan Vaughn

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The Artist Says:

What I love about being an artist is seeing the world in a totally new light, full of colors and beauty that otherwise become invisible to us as we grow older. Seeing this world as an artist is almost like seeing it altogether new like a child witnessing God's grace for the first time. - Mary Susan Vaughn
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. - Maya Angelou

Collectors Say:

Mary is an artist of remarkable skill and insight, and I am thrilled to have one of her pieces in my collection.  A number of years ago I mentioned to Ms. Vaughn, whom I had known through professional contacts for many years, how much I enjoyed a particular painting on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in nearby Washington, D.C. The work is entitled “A Young Girl Reading” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Imagine my delight, therefore, when a few months later Ms. Vaughn brought to my office an exquisite and exact rendering of the original. (As an aside, I have displayed the painting proudly in my medical office since taking possession of it. By chance, one of my patients was on the staff of the National Gallery and was taken aback by Ms. Vaughn’s uncanny skill in replicating the original. Indeed, he asked to speak to Susan to personally convey his very well qualified amazement at her ability.) Not only is Ms. Vaughn a gifted portrait artist, she is an outstanding individual as well. She is dedicated, intelligent, and a person of unquestioned character and integrity. In short, Mary Susan Vaughn would be a credit to any organization fortunate enough to associate with her.   - Robert P. Fields, M.D.
Susan’s work has a vivacity and depth, and a charm unlike that of any artist I have known.  She brings genuine passion to her artwork and it is fascinating and truly rewarding to participate as an onlooker in the creative process as she shares her work online with her admirers.  Susan supports and provides tremendous encouragement to other artists in the community and is very generous with her time.  She is a great encourager and a wonderful inspiration.  Her warmth, kindness, and generosity of spirit make her a joy to know. - Nicholas Empson
FYI, we have had a lot of WOWs!!! from everyone that has seen it - Susan Hughes Prestridge (Re: Commission for Certain Uncertainties)
This painting is spectacular! Beautiful work Susan!  - Tracy Knight (Re: Commission for Certain Uncertainties)

Dealers Say:

“Through a palette of vibrant color, eloquent form, consummate compositional aesthetics and paint as the purveyor of vision, … the strength of Susan Vaughn’s paintings resonates well in New York and with our international audience…” - NY Gallery

Other Artists Say:

I like the fact that you tackle many different things....:) - Robert J. Pearce (Re: My artwork in general)
Wonderful work! - Judith Paradise Alden (Re: My artwork in general)
Your haybales make a flowing composition of color and delight to the eyes. Love it! - Mark Smith (Re: Haystacks)
I love your brushwork in all your pieces...very nice lighting too. - Bob Zirillo (Re: Garlic)
I want to learn to paint like this! - Wes Hardin (Re: Cow in Field)
Nice composition and love the colors. - Judy Laliberte (Re: Center of the Known World)
This one and the white and yellow flowers, my favorites. - Robert Hagan (Re: At the Dock)
Delightful! - Cheryl De Loache' (Re: Nell - Painting of a dearly loved Border Collie)
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Pravin Sonawane (Re: Nell - Painting of a dearly loved Border Collie)
This is wonderful! - Claire Beadon Carnell (Re: Nell - Painting of a dearly loved Border Collie)
Love it! - Catherine Anderson (Re: Bessy & Company)
I love this painting Susan. It brings back fond memories of summer as a child selling lemonade with my sisters and neighborhood friends. Oh those lazy, hazy days of summer!! - Theresa Radford Creek (Re: A Charlotte Summer)
I love the middle cow leave her alone, at least till the one to right has been solidified, and then still leave her alone, she's great. - Nancy Bauer Howell (Re: Bessy & Company while in progress - I was thinking I should make revisions to the middle cow)
Keep painting (and posting) Susan! ... I love your style and the memories you evoke. Your paintings, your hand-made quilts, and the clothing you have made for your daughter and granddaughter are just beautiful! You are so very talented. - Theresa Radford Creek (Re: A Charlotte Summer & my post on the Boldbrush Competition)
Susan, I read your bio and thought your work and thoughts were excellent.  But, most of all was your posting of the poem "Unashamed" at the end.  - Michael French (Re: perusing my artist website and reading my bio)
Susan, your work is wonderful! - Carolyn Ann Smith (Re: my artwork in general)
Susan, you are quite the painter! - Gary Walters (Re: my artwork in general)
Your paintings are beautiful - such talent! - Theresa Radford Creek (Re: My artwork in general)
Mary Susan, your artwork is extremely beautiful.  I love the texture and power and majesty.  What a joy to see it. - Nova Spear (Re: My artwork in general)
Looks Super!! - Lori McNamara (Re: New Completed Painting - Sweet Corn)
Susan, you are a very blessed, talented artist!  Your work is very vibrant and beautiful.  I look forward to enjoying more of your work. - Jacqueline Neves (Re: My artwork in general)
07.05.2011: Featured my artwork and website on the Guerilla Artists Group by artist Ilisa Millermoon
Your work is wonderful! - Kathleen Van Houten Putnam (Re: My artwork in general)
Mary, your work is Wonderful!! - Margie Lakeberg (Re: My artwork in general)
Mary I love your work! That dog and red barn you just posted are outstanding! :) - Dot Courson (Re: I had just posted "Red Barn" and "Nell" to my Artwork profile)


I think I must have been born with a paintbrush in hand and an enthusiasm for color and fine art from a very early age. As a child, my artwork hung on everything from refrigerators to walls, from elementary school classrooms to neighbor's basement walls and beyond. I had an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Johnson, who lived alone and would give me a "Mary Jane" candy for every piece of artwork I would bring over to her. I stocked up on "Mary Jane's" and Mrs. Johnson stocked up on my childhood artwork.
Academics: My higher academic studies were Paralegal studies at Nova University in Florida,  International Business and Law at Georgetown University, during a time in the 90s when I thought I was going to be a lawyer, and the Academy of Art University when I finally decided that being an artist was my calling.
I also took some art courses at the Maryland College of Art and Design. However, it has been my years of self-study, copying Master paintings, taking workshops, and reading from my art book collection that has been my most fulfilling educational experience as an artist.