Susan Kuznitsky grew up in Chicago where she attended the Village Art School at a young age. The owner and teacher there was the late Joe Abbrecia who went on to become a very well-known Western Artist. It was a traditional art education, working in charcoal from plaster casts, then oils, then watercolors. Joe recognized her passion and talent and guided her to the American Academy of Art in Chica...go after high school.
Fresh out of art school she worked as a freelance portrait artist for a Chicago chain of department stores. She didn't know it then but for the next 4 years she got the best `on the job' training that she could get painting 25-minute portraits, all ages, all types!
A huge advantage to art school in downtown Chicago was exposure to the amazing Art Institute. She fell in love with the Impressionists and became completely smitten with the pastels of that era. Since there was very little instruction at that time in this medium she decided to move to Woodstock, New York to study with Master Artist Albert Handell. It just so happened that Mr. Handell needed a studio assistant. She worked in that capacity for the next two years.
Mr. Handell not only taught her about pastels and oils but also how to teach. He would have her follow him from easel to easel during his workshops. Listening to him answer students' questions and watching his `hands on' approach continues to influence the way she teaches today. After two years in New York she opened her own studio in Chicago where she taught workshops and classes. This led to some years of traveling and teaching across the U.S. Another highlight of time back in Chicago was in the mid 1980's when she had the honor and privilege of painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with another living Master Painter, Richard Schmid. This was a time of tremendous personal challenge and growth. She was juggling a full time career while caring for her late husband who had terminal cancer. Her first husband's death deepened her desire to experience life to its fullest, recording all the beautiful moments through her art.
Susan moved to the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s and has lived in Portland since then. She is an award-winning artist, is a member and teacher with the Oregon Society of Artists, and is a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society.
"My life's work is to leave the world more beautiful than I found it. I look for light beauty. It is everywhere... My job is to translate it onto canvas and share it." Tags: People, Flowers, Landscapes, Waterscapes, Realism.
All You Need is Love
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: During the holiday season I decided I needed to paint something cheerful. As I was sitting in my home office on a cold grey day I glanced up to an upper shelf and there was my prized procession of my favorite band from the classic "Yellow Submarine" movie of the 60's. I set them up in my studio and created this piece. My colorful color therapy idea worked!
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This oil painting was done plein air on a crisp autumn day. I was just aiming to capture that fleeting moment of peacefulness watching the ducks swim by.
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I could not resist the gorgeous dappled light of this scene. It is one of my favorite things to paint. It creates a pattern to draw your eye throughout the pastel painting leading you to the blue shawl.
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I always try to paint the cherry blossoms from my yard each spring. They seem to only last a moment and are one of the first signs of spring.
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: The sunlight on Dahlias and back lighting on the figure creates a warm, romantic and inviting atmosphere in this painting. It makes you want to wander through those fields of color.
Fields of Color
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Late afternoon light created the warm glowing light in this pastel painting. I love the endless rows of color leading back to the woods and house. And the strong cast shadows to pull you in.
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I love the romance of the early morning fog lifting as the autumn colors are revealed as the sun burns through the fog. Country living at its best.
Garden Stroll II
Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Another lovely garden scene with afternoon sun filtering through the Rhododendron trees and shrubs creating a pattern of dappled light on the lawn.