About the Artist :: Susan Graeber

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Artist’s Profile
I have had the good fortune of beginning my life-long interest in painting from early childhood, attending the Bryn Mawr School where creativity was encouraged. I attended Hobart William Smith colleges for one year and decided to commit to going to an art college rather than a liberal arts program. I then transferred into the Boston Museum School for two years. During that time period, my family moved to Brussels, Belgium for three years, and I had the benefit of travel as well as painting programs during the summers in Europe such as Aix en Provence, and seeing the museums firsthand. After this time period I transferred into the Maryland Institute and graduated in 1980. I had a few jobs related to the arts including a gallery position, then settled down and married an art dealer whose specialty is works on paper. I enjoy painting en plein air in Maryland, New Mexico, and Maine. I have a shared studio in the Mill Center in Hampden. I am also one of the artists featured in the book 100 Painters of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Trees
The Maine Painters Neil Welliver and Fairfield Porter have influenced the art of Susan Graeber. Porter for his abstractions of almost puzzle like shapes and colors; Welliver for his love of forest interiors: decaying tree stumps and leafless tree patterns in the landscape. Graeber is drawn to the light and space between the tree shapes. There is a mystery of what is going on behind the foreground in the landscape.

Artist’s Statement
I am a painter who reacts to shapes and patterns, light and shadows, and most of all, color. I have been influenced by Fairfield Porter, Wayne Tiebolt, Arthur Dow, Neill Welliver and Vuillard. I am married to a work on paper dealer, therefore our home and my thoughts are dedicated to collecting art and art related books. I have been drawn to Maine for over 30 years, and feel most at peace and stimulated by the landscape. A cliche is “o, the light”, but the light in Maryland where we live most of the year is diffuse, hazy; and the light in Maine is brilliant and crisp. For me, painting the landscape of Maine, as well as looking at other artists who paint Maine scenes, is the subject matter that I treasure the most. I have been to Monhegan Island many times to spend 10 days at a time to paint, as well as the Mid Coast and most of all Mount Desert.

Education
Boston Museum School of Fine Arts 1976-77
AIX en PROVENCE Painting Program
Maryland Institute BFA 1980

Exhibitions
Gunpowder Falls Exhibits 2008, 2009
Gibson Island Exhibit 2009
Plein Air Easton, Best Maryland Artist Award 2008
Bryn Mawr College Landscape Show 2010
Carroll County Arts Landscape Show 2011
Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland 2010
Crystal Moll Gallery Group Landscape Show 2011
Bishops Stock Gallery, Washington, DC Dec.-Jan. 2012
Highest Painting Award at Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, Maryland 2013
Art of the Mill Group Shows in Virginia 2011-2013