“Life is such a visual feast, I can find beautiful compositions almost anywhere, but since I am an avid outdoors person, it is in the landscape and in the natural world is where I find I am the most inspired. The idea of how I am going to design the painting becomes exciting to me. I look at the relationships between the big value shapes and their proportions, and try to find some kind of a visual pattern in them so there is an abstract design as the foundation for the painting. The painting is then constructed according to the visual idea that seems to make the most sense to me... Maybe it’s an idea of light and shadow, or an idea about the relationships of the big value shapes.
How I put the paint down is my response either to the subject matter, the specific materials and surfaces I'm using, or how I'm feeling at the time. While I may have a specific goal for the painting in terms of the idea I want to explore, I can dance between totally directing the flow, and allowing a certain amount of evolution to occur. If I’m not too attached to the outcome, I find there is more room for magic to happen.”
Susiehyer knew from the time she was 4 years old that she would grow up to be an artist and began drawing from that early age. She studied fine art at Moravian College, the Baum School of Art, the University of West Florida and the Art Students League of Denver studying with such notables as Kim English, Mark Daily, Kevin Weckbach, Ron Hicks, and Quang Ho among others. Her work is in many private and public collections and she has won numerous awards for both her studio and plein air paintings, including 2 international design awards. A previous national vice president of the Women's Caucus for Art, she is now a member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and Laguna Plein Air Painters. She maintains a home and studio in Evergreen, CO, travels many times a year to paint en plein air, and participates in numerous plein air events. Her work has been seen as a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, and Plein Air Magazine. She is one of the artists whose work was chosen for the celebrated Landscapes of Colorado by Ann Daley of the Denver Art Museum, and Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations by Susan Hallston McGarry, Jean Stearn, and Terry Lawson Dunn