Painting practice

As an observational painter, painting what I see presents the challenge of how to go beyond just a realistic rendering to explore the intimacy of what is familiar, to understand what that intimicy can hold.

Painting can be like meditation, to find some stillness while being in the world. As I look for subjects to paint, the beauty of natural light always captures my eye. But to keep my attention I look at how light can express the personality of place and, in turn, define a certain moment in time. Rendering the character of such light can galvanize that moment into memory or into the heart. Or into a painting.

Our culture, so influenced by advancements made by digital technology, is full of fast edits and short attention spans.  Painting, for me, can be an opportunity to step away, shut out the noise and chaos, relax into real time, work slowly and see what evolves.

Thank you for your interest.

(Painting above has been SOLD.)

Landscape design work

I am not out painting in the field or in the shed, I can be found consulting with my clients about their gardens or landscapes. After receiving a degree in painting and drawing I went on to study landscape architecture and horticulture. A love of the natural world motivates me in art as well as in design.  For samples of the work please click on above link : landscape design. Thank you for your interest.

Susan B. Viemeister        434-996-5077