“I had a soulful week with the Forgotten Coast Invitational and Plein Air South last May. Generations of tradition, rich history, and a community of generous, interesting people. This painting, Night Shift; Fourth Generation, was inspired by a twilight painting session at Scipio Creek. I can still feel the evening light fading into night across the marsh – creating such a timeless peace – as hardworking shrimpers head out to the tune of quieting end-of-day sounds and the sharp smell of electricity in the air from distant lightning. I loved it there.”
Oil painter Bill Suys is a Signature Member of both the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America whose greatest joy in life is standing behind his easel, indoors or out, with a brush in his hand. Bill creates plein air and studio works using wide-ranging subject matter: portraiture/figurative, landscape, animals, still life and architecture. Suys paints, teaches, judges, lectures and demonstrates. He has won multiple national and international awards and was recently elected to the OPA Board of Directors.
Bill’s recent accomplishments include Best Body of Work and the Matisse Award at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational and the Silver Medal at the OPA National Salon show. The last five years have been a period of accelerated growth for Suys, whose work was selected to hang in seven OPA National Exhibitions since 2010 (awarded Best Animal in 2016, Animal Award of Excellence in 2017), has been repeatedly chosen as finalist and award winner in the ARC Salon, and in 2013, was awarded Best in Show at the Salon International.
In addition to numerous group and one-man gallery shows, event invitations, awards earned, juried show acceptances – and some wonderful editorial coverage in Southwest Art, Fine Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir magazines – Suys’s devotion to his craft, his participation in plein air invitationals and juried exhibitions, judging, and increasingly teaching, have helped him grow not just in reputation but as a soulful painter who believes in lifelong learning, ‘no excuses’, and the power of observation.
Suys believes that ‘a rising tide floats all boats’ and generously shares his acquired knowledge; he is committed to lifelong learning, the quest for excellence, and to creating work that stands the test of time.
Bill is teaching a workshop at the Scottsdale Artists’ School January 28-February 1, 2019. For more information and to register, click here.