A Penthouse Garden

A nationally recognized artist, Susan Lynn’s paintings are frequently described as poetic, lyrical, luminous and serene. Susan regularly participates in many of the top juried and invitational plein air events throughout the country. This painting was created while she was participating in the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. “I was fortunate to be given access to the rooftop garden of an exclusive apartment building in downtown Atlanta, and arrived just as a swath of mid- morning sun was cutting between two buildings to illuminate the garden’s beautiful rose arbor. I loved the glowing atmosphere it created, accented by the reflections in the glass doors just beyond the arbor,” says Susan.

Capturing a sense of light and atmosphere is a persistent theme of her paintings. Whether focusing on landscape or still-life, she believes that nature is a subject that speaks to the viewer in a visceral way, tapping into universal memories, emotions and the human connection to the world around us. While having pursued a nearly 30 year career in the field of architectural illustration, fine art painting has been her primary focus for many years. She found the world of architectural illustration to be a fantastic training ground for a realist painter, demanding a thorough knowledge of perspective, and a constant study of light, shadow, and color. Susan creates her paintings both in studio and “en plein air,” and although watercolor remains her favored medium, she recently began adding oils and acrylics to her repertoire, expanding the creative possibilities of her work.

Exhibited widely, Susan has earned signature membership in a number of national arts organizations, including American Women Artists and the Outdoor Painters Society. In 2017, she became an elected Artist Member of the historic Salmagundi Club in New York, and has since had work selected for exhibition in three of the club’s juried shows, winning the Herbert L. & Harmer Smith SCNY Award at the Salmagundi Club Spring Auction Exhibit in 2018. Most recently, her oil painting, Prairie Lightcatchers, was juried into the prestigious
American Women Artists exhibition “Looking West: Highlighting works of American Women Artists” at the Steamboat Springs Museum. Exhibition dates are May 24th-September 2nd, 2019.

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