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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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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.

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Happy Daffodils

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 10

$225 + Free Shipping
Harbor Sunset Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I was struck by the stillness of the harbor at sunset on this day and the soft light on the boats.

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Harbor Sunset

Pastel - 12 x 18

$900 + Free Shipping
Iris Garden Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This is the Iris Garden in full bloom. The rhythms and patterns of all the different foliage creates a very romantic vision.
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Iris Garden by Susan Kuznitsky

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Iris Garden

Unframed Original Pastel - 10 x 18

King of the Coop

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King of the Coop

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 10

$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.

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Lanikai Beach

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 9

$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

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Late Summer Flowers

Unframed Original Pastel - 16 x 12

$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.

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Lavender

Unframed Original Pastel - 14 x 11

$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.

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Lavender Days

Unframed Original Pastel - 7 x 17

$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.

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Lazy Summer Day

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

$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.

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Lovely Lady

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

$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.

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Milk Glass & White Blossoms

Unframed Original Oil - 10 x 8

$225 + Free Shipping
Mother and Child Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I wanted to express the universal connection between mothers and their children as well as the most colorful clothing of this indigenous tribe. I love the intense look of the child looking so curiously at me as I took the photo.

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Mother and Child

Pastel - 18 x 16

$1,200 + Free Shipping
Nightlife

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Nightlife

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 14

$425 + Free Shipping
Ocean Sunset Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I love the Oregon coast. You can go to the same spot over and over and it never looks the same. I can only hope to capture a moment in time with this peaceful sunset.
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Ocean Sunset by Susan Kuznitsky

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Ocean Sunset

Pastel - 12 x 9

Olive Oil Trio

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Olive Oil Trio

Unframed Original Pastel - 10 x 8

$295 + Free Shipping
On Vacation

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On Vacation

Pastel - 7 x 12

$525 + Free Shipping
Peaceful and Powerful Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Hear the sound and feel the power of this rushing waterfall. Easy meditation.

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Peaceful and Powerful

Pastel - 10 x 8

$495 + 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.

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Peaceful Stream

Pastel - 7 x 12

$350 + Free Shipping
Pink Callies Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: The soft but powerful complimentary colors of this pastel create a beautiful glow of colors.

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Pink Callies

Unframed Original Pastel - 12 x 9

$295 + 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.

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Pondering

Unframed Original Pastel - 8 x 8

$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.

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Purple Trio

Unframed Original Oil - 8 x 10

$225 + Free Shipping
Red Barn in Summer

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Red Barn in Summer

Unframed Original Pastel - 10 x 13

$495 + Free Shipping
Rooster Shadow Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: An ordinary subject with and extraordinary shadow makes this such a fun and whimsical painting. More chicken love!

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Rooster Shadow

Pastel - 8 x 6

$425 + Free Shipping
Senior Moment Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I was at the Dahlia Fields on a photo shoot with a model. She needed a break so I sat down to wait for her and glanced over to see these lovely ladies. Seniors, yes, but still very much alive! They needed to be recognized!

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Senior Moment

Pastel - 12 x 18

$1,500 + Free Shipping