Artist Susan F Greaves

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The Artist Says:

"One of the most difficult questions for me to answer is, 'What's your style?' My work has been called impressionist because I don't use all hard edges, painterly because I use some thick paint, realist because the subject is recognizable, alla prima because I usually execute the work in one session, figurative  because I include people in my work, plein air because I paint on location, contemporary because I'm a living artist, tonalist because I often use large areas in the same value, portrait because I paint people, and colorist because that's my passion.  Go figure...."                          --- SFG

Dealers Say:

Welcome! Artist Susan Greaves offers fine art paintings of landscapes, florals, figures, and horses that have personal appeal and are most often chosen for homes or executive business settings. Her most recent focus is on California scenes where she lives. Such pictures by Greaves are valued by collectors from France, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and across the United States.


Susan F. Greaves is a Louisiana native and believes her earliest art influence was the graceful and classic architecture favored there. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University in interior design, she worked in New Orleans and then moved to Florida, Maine, Bermuda, Sicily, and Washington state with her family. Meanwhile, she painted independently and took every history of art course available to her. In 1976, she began to study under the instruction of William F. Reese. His unwavering dedication to the foundational concepts of painting and to integrity set the direction and standard for her subsequent work. After moving to Redding, California in 1977, she studied with the acclaimed Sergei Bongart in Idaho and Los Angeles as a scholarship student. Through him, the influence of the Russian Impressionists is evident in her work. Greaves' work is described as "a fine example of strong, painterly style". Her paintings are noted for their light and color. She uses classical methods of careful observation and direct execution to portray subjects ranging from florals and still life to landscapes and figures. Her life-long fascination with horses has found expression in equine subjects. Ranching scenes, horse shows and eventing.  The memorable views of her adopted landscape and frequent travels provide constant visual stimulation.


Catherine Lorillard Wolf Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC, 1985, 1986, 1989

Blackfoot Valley Art Association Auction: 1987 Best of Show, 1990 Best of Show 

American Artists Professional League, NYC, 1987 John R. Grabach Memorial Award
Western Regional Art Show and Sale, Cheyenne WY, 1988
New Orleans Art Association National Exhibition, 1988 and 1990, Merit Award
The Artists Magazine National Portrait Competition, 1989, Finalist
Art of California Magazine Discovery Awards, Silver Award and Bronze Award, 1991
California Works, California [...]

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