Small Critters Beware
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
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.
“Owls are my favorite birds, and this one is especially beloved. He came one late afternoon, perched in an old oak tree just a few yards from our dining room window, and posed while watching my husband photograph him for an hour. Dick took 32 great shots of the bird, and I used one of them for my model. The Barred Owl studied Dick’s head, and seemed perplexed about the puff of hair and the huge camera lens, and seemed to be wondering how to take this trophy and would Dick be edible? His mate hooted impatiently, and he obeyed her immediately, flying to meet her at their nesting location. This painting was accepted into an American Artists Professional League annual exhibition.”
A native of Washington D.C., Susan graduated from Georgetown University, 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 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.