SUSAN J. BAILEY
Susan started drawing at a young age and continued to draw and work with water colors through high school. Her mother taught Fine Arts and exposed her daughter to great works of art from books and visits to art museums. While pursuing a career in software engineering, Susan was always drawn back to her interest in art. She attended life drawing class in between science classes at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating she returned to Massachusetts where she set up a studio at home.
In the late 90’s, Susan joined the Newburyport Art Association and participated in juried shows. In 2000 she began taking painting classes from a local painter and teacher Enrico Donati. Next, she enrolled in an oil painting class at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
In 2003 Susan began studying under Evelina Brozgul, an accomplished painter, teacher, and art restorer. After rigorous pencil drawing exercises, she progressed to still life oil painting. That work inspired her to branch out on her own, eventually producing a collection of still lifes in her own style infused with bright colors and patterned fabrics.
In 2010 Susan turned to a new genre: intensely colored abstract landscapes based on horizontal stripes and other abstract shapes. And, inspired by the mysteriousness of dark bars and the work of Edward Hopper, she began a “Dark Bar” series, where brightly colored lights just might expose secrets hiding in the shadows. Soon after that she developed a new series, “Wild Fliers”, projecting the color and motion of our beautiful fliers in nature such as the hummingbird.
The years 2013-2014 brought some exciting events: Susan received commissions for three landscape paintings for a large corporation; Artist’s Magazine selected one of her landscapes for a finalist award; and she was selected as the featured artist in an online cultural e-zine, Split Lip. June 2014 brought her first solo show at the Firehouse Gallery in Newburyport.