In the studio at the easel

What is the most interesting thing you have painted/sculpted and why?
Susiehyer: Four other artists and I painted in a boat yard in Gloucester, MA one night. Most of us were painting a single boat that stood out among the other boats. I was there from about 9pm until 1am and did what I consider a breakthrough painting. I’ll probably never sell that one. One of the other artists stayed until 3am after the rest of us had left. (His painting won the show that year.) It wasn’t only that the subject matter, a shipyard nocturne, was something I’d never done before, (it was interesting and super cool), but to be able to paint with other artist friends in an unlikely location was really something special and a great memory.

How do you find inspiration?
Susiehyer: Driving down the road. Forget about all the fuss about texting while driving, just LOOKING as you drive where I live, there’s a painting around every corner. For me it has to do with, not the subject matter, but the shapes and values that present themselves. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the road sometimes. You don’t want to be on the road with me at the wheel. The world is a visual feast.

To see more of Susiehyer’s work, visit:

oil painting of an old barn with a blue gate in the foreground, on the right side
Susiehyer, “Arrangement with a Blue Shape,” oil on linen panel, 20 x 16 in., 2022. From a study of a California barn, I painted for Sonoma plein air
oil painting of winter scene with a river through. Tree on left side still has bright fall colors
Susiehyer, “Approach to Winter,” oil on linen panel, 20 x 20 in., 2021. I love when snow falls, and the creek isn’t yet frozen


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