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Artist Susan Klabak


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Susan Klabak
 
Artist Susan Magsig Klabak is an award-winning pastel painter known for her expressive landscape paintings.
 
Born in Ohio, Klabak grew up on a small farm where she developed an appreciation for the land. She has lived in Michigan and Pennsylvania, currently residing in rural Wisconsin in the summer and traveling to warmer climates in the winter. The scenes outside the door of her Airstream trailer provide inspiration for her work. An appreciation for both the natural world and the pastel medium are reflected in her paintings.
 
Klabak's paintings are characterized by her personal and expressive interpretation of the landscape and her ability to go beyond reality and capture the essence of place, inviting dialog with the viewer. Close observation of her work reveals the minimal strokes used to convey a realistic, yet impressionistic, depiction of the landscape, allowing the viewer to fill in detail.
 
Susan Klabak's work hangs in national and international private and corporate collections. Her paintings have been exhibited in and received awards in juried regional, national, and international shows. Her work has appeared as cover art and in periodicals.
Klabak is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Wisconsin Plein Air Painters, Wisconsin Pastel Artists,  Great Lakes Pastel Society, and Pastel Society of Colorado.

 
 
 
Artist's Statement
As a pastel landscape painter my intention is to transport the viewer into the scene by conveying a realistic – though not necessarily literal – interpretation, using minimal strokes. Painting with pastels evokes a sense of connection with the earth, the source of the pigments used in their making. There is an immediate response from picking up the pastel stick to the direct application to the surface.
 
When I am out in nature I view my surroundings with the eye of a painter. Before beginning a painting I take time to fully appreciate my surroundings by engaging [...]

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