An example of fine art by SUSAN K MONTE



She grew up in Sacramento with an extensive pre-Gold Rush and Gold Rush family history. Suzie's first public art was in the second grade when the teacher had her paint large  butcher paper scenes for the classroom. College brought her to Southern California. She earned a B.F.A. and a M.F.A at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, where she was privileged to be taught drawing by Charles White, figure drawing by Joe Mugnaini, sculpture by Renzo Fenci, and painting by Sam Clayberger. She created large, expressive color field oil paintings, building luminous color with glaze layers. Commission pieces were painted for the First Interstate Bank collection.
Otis was briefly joined with Parsons School of Design and she returned to earn an A.A. in Fashion Design. Her art and design skills were used in movie and theater costume. She was invited to teach. She has taught fashion illustration, clothing construction and patternmaking by draping for fifteen years. Always fascinated with faces, she became certified as a forensic artist. She is called on as a composite artist by various law enforcement agencies.
She enjoys painting in oil and watercolor. Joining the California Art Club opened an awareness of the beauty of landscape painting. She is a former member of the  Costume Society and The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She is an Associate member of  The California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society, and the San Diego Watercolor Society.
2021    San Diego Watercolor Society, Lazy Days, August Member Show, Shelter Island Summer
2021    San Diego Watercolor Society, Compliment Conversations, July Member Show, TRUST, Dance Partners
2021    San Diego Watercolor Society, Shape Zone, May member Show, Day in the Park
2021    San Diego Watercolor Society, Color Zone, April member show, Waiting for Take-Out
2019    Captured on Canvas: Painting the L.A. Arboretum, California Art Club
2017    Pasadena Art Show, Art [...]

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