Changing Seasons and Sky
54 x 36 in., oil on linen
Available at SNicholas Studios
Focusing on the landscape and striving for a personal approach, Susan Nicholas Gephart’s goal is to see beyond the obvious and capture a mood or essence of what is felt. She responds to the sound, smell, and light of her surroundings to create beautiful interpretations of the landscapes she sees. In the studio, she often uses music to reconnect with the memory of a place.
“All my life, I have been inspired by the color and beauty of our fragile earth environment. I strive to capture and convey a spiritual message of nature’s important connection to humankind. Working on location outdoors, ‘en plein air,’ whether in pastels or oils, allows for spontaneity and directness.”
Influenced by her artist father, Susan developed a deep appreciation of the earth and its relationship to art when she was a young child. Her passion to explore the landscape is expressed through a unique use of color, texture, and atmosphere.
Susan has been exhibiting and painting award-winning landscapes for over forty years, and balanced raising three children while pursuing an art career. Her colorful, impressionistic plein air pastels and oils are in private and permanent collections across the country. Susan is a 1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and a 1977 Associate in Arts graduate from Montgomery County Community College. In 2007, Susan was inducted into the MCCC Alumni Hall of Fame, and then selected as one of 50 Outstanding Alumni in 2014.
Susan teaches and demonstrates frequently. Her most recent engagements were at Green Art House in San Diego, CA. She was also returning faculty at the annual PACE, the Plein Air Convention and Expo, presented by PleinAir Magazine in Santa Fe, where she taught the pastel section of the Plein Air Basics Class and gave several demos throughout the week.
Workshops, classes, and artist retreats ahead this year include a Skies & Seas workshop at Pierre Guidetti’s Art School in Brittany, France, and the 20th Annual Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat in Central PA. View Susan’s full teaching schedule.