Autumn Creek
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 ins.
Available from the artist

Artist Susan DeVan paints, not one type of subject, but an amazing variety of landscapes, still life, birds, animals, flowers, people and buildings. Each subject is portrayed in oils with a strong passion for sharing their beauty with others. Autumn Creek depicts a scene in a Fairfax County, Virginia, park near the house where the DeVans raised their children.

“Taking them for walks in the woods, an oasis of beauty in the midst of a bustling suburban neighborhood, taught the children to appreciate the importance of birds and animals, the serenity of nature’s hidden places, and the need to be quiet and alone occasionally – almost a spiritual adventure. I must have an emotional connection with whatever I put on a canvas, whether it is a lizard or a sunset, a majestic mountain or a butterfly,” says Susan. “No subject is too humble or grand.”

A native of Washington, DC, Susan graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Throughout her career Susan always made time to paint before turning to it and writing full-time. From a home and property, in what she describes as “wild and wonderful West Virginia,” Susan finds endless inspiration in the landscape and wildlife surrounding her.

A “Fellow” Member of American Artists Professional League at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, Susan has had work exhibited in juried shows from Rhode Island to Maryland, from Pennsylvania to California, from Idaho to Arizona. She is also a juried member of Oil Painters of America and a member of many art associations and clubs. The John Collins Memorial Award for Oil Painting and Best Oil Painting is one of many accomplishments for Best in Show and Best Work on Canvas awards and honorable mentions. Susan is also delighted three of her grandchildren have displayed artistic talent and mentors each as they follow their own paths to excellence.

Susan’s writing provides a glimpse into her engaging, lively personality. The book, The Granny Chronicles, is a humorous account of a feisty woman who lives in Rock Bottom, the town with no place to go but up. Her adventures and shenanigans are recorded by friends and family members whose lives are forever altered by their association with Emma Frick. Susan suggests one curl up with a cup of yarbal tea and have some laughs with Granny and the denizens of Cornrow County. The book is available through Amazon and Kindle.

Susan is represented by Xanadu Gallery.

See more of her landscape, wild life and still life paintings on her website.

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