I started painting in 1992. My husband, Todd, is a graphic artist who enjoys painting with acrylic. He also draws with pen and ink. I found his sketches very inspiring and he encouraged me to try my hand at art.
I began with oil at a few recreation center classes. I entered the Littleton Bemis Library Own an Original Show. The judge was Kim English and he awarded First Place to me for my Sunflowers. I was thrilled, I bought myself a colorful wool jacket with silver buttons with the prize money.
I was hooked on oil painting. I have won numerous First Place awards, a few Judges Awards, and a Best of Show.
I have studied art at the Loveland Academy of Fine Art, The Scottsdale School of Art and The Foothills Fine Art Center in Golden. I have taken classes and workshops from Linda Armantrout, Kim English, Quong Ho, Tim Deibler, Claire Evans, Jill Soukup, and John Taft.
I’m a long-time member of the Louisville Art Association (LAA) . I have chaired several shows including the Fall Members Show and the Tactile Art Challenge Show. I’ve participated in the Art in Public Places Program and the Third Saturday Paint Together. I created a short film for the LAA about what we offer the community, which has been shown on the local government TV station.
As a member of the Park Hill Art Club I participate in shows and classes including portrait painting from the model. This is an uninstructed class where we have the opportunity to practice as well as talk about our art. It’s fun to see how many different interpretations there are with one model.
I recently completed four paintings for the Coal Creek Theater production of Shakespeare, Inc. I have juried several local shows and demonstrated portrait painting. I also enjoy teaching.
Judge's Comments. . .
Best of Oil: Susannah Vandyke,
"Three Palaminos and a Bay" oil on canvas
There are four horses in this work, one of them almost abstract. Each horse is painted differently, yet they hold together as one interesting shape. There is a high quality of brushstroke throughout the work. The composition is strong, giving us both the defined and the undefined, with good negative shapes and atmosphere. The colors are subtly arranged and integrated.