Artist Susan Gleason

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Oil paints were my first love and I spent my teen years at the easel. I attended Maryland Institute College of Art, where I focused on painting the figure as well as studying the techniques used by the Old Masters.  Years later, after having children, I needed to find a more portable medium, one suitable for quick studies and less time.  I began to experiment with pastels and quickly fell in love with the many unique qualities of this medium.

I am always searching for new subjects to paint.  Subjects that intrigue me for a particular reason...subject, light, composition etc.  Currently, I am enjoying working on a series of cow paintings.  I live in a rural area, surrounded by cows, sheep, horses, etc.  I find so much beauty in these gentle animals.  

I paint in my studio most of the time, as I am a slow painter.  However, when the weather is cooperating I will head outside to paint, mostly to bank knowledge of true light and color in nature. (Photo references can be very limiting)  My plein air work is typically used as a reference for a studio painting.  I will use this sketch, along with a black and white photo reference of the scene to complete the painting in the studio.

I use a variety of pastel papers as well as creating my own surfaces on Gatorboard using gel pumice.  My paintings typically have an underpainting; as this gives me a good head start into the piece by establishing the values.  

Currently, I teach a pastel class at the Columbia Art Center and I greatly enjoy sharing all that I have learned over the years with others.  I am an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as a Signature Member of The Maryland Pastel Society, and serve on the Board of [...]

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