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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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Snapdragons Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I bought these at a local nursery and put them on my deck railings and the back light was so intense I just had to create an oil painting of them before they went into the ground.

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Snapdragons

Unframed Original Oil - 9 x 12

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Snowy Sunset

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Snowy Sunset

Unframed Original Pastel - 5.5 x 8

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Soft Sunset

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Soft Sunset

Pastel - 8 x 14

$750 + Free Shipping
Spring Blooms Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I was drawn to the wonderful pattern of light and shadow of the white blossoms against the intense blue sky.

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Spring Blooms

Unframed Original Pastel - 12 x 9

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Summer Breeze

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Summer Breeze

Pastel - 9 x 6

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Summer Dreams Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Outdoor still lifes are so fun to paint. This scene leaves so much to the imagination.

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Summer Dreams

Oil - 12 x 16

$1,500 + Free Shipping
Summer Garden

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Summer Garden

Unframed Original Pastel - 11 x 14

$550 + Free Shipping
Summer Still Life Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This scene just captures the romance of a summer day when you can just relax and be in the beauty of the garden.

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Summer Still Life

Pastel - 6 x 12

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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.

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Summer Vacation

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

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

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Summer Walk

Unframed Original Pastel - 9 x 12

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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.

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Sunflower Trio Plus One

Unframed Original Oil - 12 x 8

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

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Sunset Gull

Unframed Original Pastel - 12 x 9

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Sunset Melody Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: How amazing is this sunset? What else can I say?

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Sunset Melody

Oil - 12 x 24

$1,500 + 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.

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Sweet Light

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 8

$195 + Free Shipping
Vacation Time

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Vacation Time

Pastel - 6 x 12

$550 + Free Shipping
View from the Shade Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This lavender fields are just gorgeous but adding this little pop of red just made the scene different.

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View from the Shade

Unframed Original Pastel - 12 x 12

$325 + 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.

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Vineyard Goddess

Unframed Original Oil - 18 x 10

$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.

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Vineyard View #2

Unframed Original Oil - 6 x 8

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

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Welcome

Unframed Original Pastel - 7.5 x 17.5

$325 + Free Shipping
Wendy's Garden Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: I am so lucky to live near Wendy. She is a master gardener. Her garden is her canvas and I get to paint it!

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Wendy's Garden

Pastel - 20 x 16

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

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Wild Daisies Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: This field of wild daisies was quite a surprise on this day at the ocean.

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Wild Daisies

Unframed Original Pastel - 7 x 18

$325 + Free Shipping
Window Box Red

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Window Box Red

Pastel - 10 x 8

$550 + Free Shipping
Winter Wonder Fine Art by artist Susan Kuznitsky - Description: Living in Portland, Oregon, I don't get much of an opportunity to paint snow. Plus I am definitely a wimp about going out to paint in it. So I just painted these tree tops outside my window ,

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Winter Wonder

Unframed Original Pastel - 6 x 8

$195 + Free Shipping