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Susan Kuznitsky

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.


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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!

Susan Kuznitsky

All You Need is Love

Pastel - 12 x 24

$1,800 + Free Shipping
Autumn Brilliance

Susan Kuznitsky

Autumn Brilliance

Unframed Original Pastel - 7 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Autumn Serene 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.

Susan Kuznitsky

Autumn Serene

Unframed Original Oil - 9 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Autumn Sunlight

Susan Kuznitsky

Autumn Sunlight

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$350 + Free Shipping
Barnyard Summer

Susan Kuznitsky

Barnyard Summer

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$350 + Free Shipping
Cherry Blossoms 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.

Susan Kuznitsky

Cherry Blossoms

Unframed Original Oil - 12 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
China Dolls Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: These ladies are so sweet and sparkly and full of color.

Susan Kuznitsky

China Dolls

Unframed Original Pastel - 11 x 14

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$325 + Free Shipping
Climbing Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This little child was so charming. She climbed right up onto my lap when we stopped for tea on our Himalayan trek.

Susan Kuznitsky

Climbing

Unframed Original Pastel - 14 x 11

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$325 + Free Shipping
Daffodils and Blue Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I had to paint these happy flowers in these happy blue jars. Such delicious colors!

Susan Kuznitsky

Daffodils and Blue

Pastel - 9 x 12

$450 + Free Shipping
Dahlia Bouquet 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.

Susan Kuznitsky

Dahlia Bouquet

Pastel - 12 x 16

$795 + Free Shipping
Dappled Garden

Susan Kuznitsky

Dappled Garden

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Dressmaker Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This antique dress was painted in oil from life at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Oregon. It is definitely from an era past.

Susan Kuznitsky

Dressmaker

Unframed Original Oil - 14 x 11

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$325 + Free Shipping
Farmer's Market Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: A beautiful harvest from the local farmer's market. Looks like vegetable soup for dinner!

Susan Kuznitsky

Farmer's Market

Unframed Original Pastel - 12 x 16

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Foggy Morning

Susan Kuznitsky

Foggy Morning

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$350 + Free Shipping
Garden Beauty

Susan Kuznitsky

Garden Beauty

Pastel - 14 x 11

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$1,500 + Free Shipping
Garden Stroll

Susan Kuznitsky

Garden Stroll

Pastel - 11 x 14

$950 + Free Shipping
Green Garden

Susan Kuznitsky

Green Garden

Pastel - 12 x 18

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$1,200 + Free Shipping
Happy Daffodils Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: One of the things I love to paint in pastel each spring are these joyful flowers. They are like spring time smiles.

Susan Kuznitsky

Happy Daffodils

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 10

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Hill Tribe Beauty

Susan Kuznitsky

Hill Tribe Beauty

Pastel - 14 x 11

$750 + Free Shipping
I'm Late

Susan Kuznitsky

I'm Late

Oil - 8 x 8

$350 + Free Shipping
Kindred Spirits Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: At the Portland Art Museum

Susan Kuznitsky

Kindred Spirits

Pastel - 20 x 16

$1,800 + Free Shipping
King of the Coop

Susan Kuznitsky

King of the Coop

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 10

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$325 + Free Shipping
Lanikai Beach Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This original pastel was done plein air on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.

Susan Kuznitsky

Lanikai Beach

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 9

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$195 + Free Shipping
Late Summer Flowers Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Dahlias are so fun to paint. They come in so many sizes and colors and they seem to have personalities of their own

Susan Kuznitsky

Late Summer Flowers

Unframed Original Pastel - 16 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Lavender Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Lavender fields are so romantic. Plus the added romance of the backlighting in this lovely moment.

Susan Kuznitsky

Lavender

Unframed Original Pastel - 14 x 11

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$325 + Free Shipping
Lavender Days Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I was really fascinated by the rhythm of lavender and green in this plein air pastel painting.

Susan Kuznitsky

Lavender Days

Unframed Original Pastel - 7 x 17

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Lazy Summer Day Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This was painted with pastels on a warm summer day when a small group of us hired this lovely model to pose for us.

Susan Kuznitsky

Lazy Summer Day

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Lovely Lady Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This oil painting was done plein air. It was a very warm spring day and I just loved the light on this statute surrounded by the beauty of this garden.

Susan Kuznitsky

Lovely Lady

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Milk Glass & White Blossoms Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: The rich deep purples and blues really offset the glow of these blossoms freshly cut in this charming milk glass vase.

Susan Kuznitsky

Milk Glass & White Blossoms

Unframed Original Oil - 10 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Olive Oil Trio

Susan Kuznitsky

Olive Oil Trio

Unframed Original Pastel - 10 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Overlooking Portland Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Overlooking Portland, Oregon

Susan Kuznitsky

Overlooking Portland

Oil - 12 x 12

$550 + Free Shipping
Peaceful Stream Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I was so drawn to the light drifting across this stream on our hike.

Susan Kuznitsky

Peaceful Stream

Pastel - 7 x 12

$350 + Free Shipping
Picking Day

Susan Kuznitsky

Picking Day

Pastel - 10 x 18

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$1,200 + Free Shipping
Picking Lavender

Susan Kuznitsky

Picking Lavender

Pastel - 10 x 18

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$950 + Free Shipping
Pondering Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I love the intensity of this expression on this cat! Looking for the next adventure.

Susan Kuznitsky

Pondering

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Purple Trio Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This is a little intimate glimpse of a moment is the Iris garden done plein air in oil.

Susan Kuznitsky

Purple Trio

Unframed Original Oil - 8 x 10

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Ready for Summer

Susan Kuznitsky

Ready for Summer

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Red Barn in Summer

Susan Kuznitsky

Red Barn in Summer

Unframed Original Pastel - 10 x 13

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$495 + Free Shipping
Snowy River

Susan Kuznitsky

Snowy River

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$195 + Free Shipping
Snowy Sunset

Susan Kuznitsky

Snowy Sunset

Unframed Original Pastel - 5.5 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$200 + Free Shipping
Soft Sunset

Susan Kuznitsky

Soft Sunset

Pastel - 8 x 14

$750 + Free Shipping
Summer Brilliance

Susan Kuznitsky

Summer Brilliance

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$350 + Free Shipping
Summer Garden

Susan Kuznitsky

Summer Garden

Unframed Original Pastel - 11 x 14

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$550 + Free Shipping
Summer Vacation Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This scene just captures the nostalgia of this old summer lodge. Summer vacation at its best.

Susan Kuznitsky

Summer Vacation

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Summer Walk Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I love the glowing light I captured on an early evening walk in the park.

Susan Kuznitsky

Summer Walk

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Sunflower Trio Plus One Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I just had to add the little guy on the left to this tri of happy flowers.

Susan Kuznitsky

Sunflower Trio Plus One

Unframed Original Oil - 12 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Sunset Bay

Susan Kuznitsky

Sunset Bay

Unframed Original Pastel - 7 x 12

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Sunset Gull Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This is a moment in time just before the sun sets.

Susan Kuznitsky

Sunset Gull

Unframed Original Pastel - 12 x 9

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$295 + Free Shipping
Sweet Light Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: The back light just makes these potted plants glow on the railing of the deck.

Susan Kuznitsky

Sweet Light

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$195 + Free Shipping
Through the Shadows

Susan Kuznitsky

Through the Shadows

Pastel - 10 x 18

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$1,200 + Free Shipping
Vacation Time

Susan Kuznitsky

Vacation Time

Pastel - 6 x 12

$550 + Free Shipping
Vineyard Goddess Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This statue was the first thing I saw driving into this vineyard. I never made it past her - just stopped, set up and painted away.

Susan Kuznitsky

Vineyard Goddess

Unframed Original Oil - 18 x 10

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$225 + Free Shipping
Vineyard View #2 Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: It is always so fun and challenging to capture the essence of the vineyards in our beautiful wine country.

Susan Kuznitsky

Vineyard View #2

Unframed Original Oil - 6 x 8

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$195 + Free Shipping
Welcome Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This little store is just so full of charm.

Susan Kuznitsky

Welcome

Unframed Original Pastel - 7.5 x 17.5

This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Estate Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

$325 + Free Shipping