In the Studio with Susiehyer
Living in Evergreen, Susiehyer is known mostly for her Western landscape paintings. But this Colorado artist’s work also includes the genres of still life painting, figure painting, interiors, and more. She likes to challenge herself to take on new approaches to her subjects and environments. Each year she visits several new locations around the US , has traveled to Europe and the south Pacific to paint and study, and participates in numerous Plein Air events.
Susiehyer is represented by Evergreen Fine Art, Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona, Split Rock Art Gallery in St. George, Mary Williams Fine Art in Boulder, Arts At Denver in Denver, the Gallery At Roundtop in Rountop, TX.
Susiehyer’s work has also been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, and been seen on the covers of Soundings, Mountain Country Life, and Evergreen Living Magazine.
Known to her friends and fellow painters as an enthusiastic, “lets-do-it” kind of artist, she says, “I’ll paint pretty much anywhere, almost anytime, and I don’t mind painting anything” she says. “Its all fun and I can always set up some kind of challenge for myself.” You can find her painting in 90 degree heat on a Denver sidewalk, standing knee-deep in snow or on snowshoes, or painting at night with a headlamp on top of her head.
Always wanting to learn and grow as a painter, she constantly tries new things with new materials and ways of putting down paint. She works easily on cotton or linen canvas or canvas paper, gessoboard, birch panels, or masonite. “What happens if I paint THAT but do it THIS way?” is a phrase she can be heard saying. This accounts for the slight stylistic differences in the look of the paintings. Most recently she has chosen to focus on the visual aspects of painting, thanks to the influences of such noted painters as Kevin Weckbach and Quang Ho. Landscape painting is, at the moment, her current passion, although “any subject matter is fair game for a painting exploration, especially, but not always, if it doesn’t move.”
To learn more about plein air painting, enjoy this video by Dave Himot from a winter painting trip to Uncle Bud’s cabin, one of Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Huts.