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SUSAN WALSH HARPER

McKinleyville, California, USA

Tel. : (707)839-5760 H, (707)496-4332 C

Email : sueharper46@yahoo.com

Site : http://www.susanwalshharper.com/index.html

 

 

  

 

BIOGRAPHY 

 

Art and music have been part and parcel of who Susan Walsh Harper is since ever she can remember, but she came late to fine art.  In fact, she didn't take up a watercolor brush until 2007.  The journey has been exciting and continues to thrill and amaze her at every dip into a colorful puddle.  She believes that God has blessed her and that as she surrenders herself to the art, so she surrenders herself to Him who first gave the gift.

 

Artistic endeavors have always been evident in Sue’s life, but while she and her husband, Jim, raised four children, they necessarily took the form of school projects, stage sets and some graphic arts.  Now that the kids are grown and she and Jim are retired, she has more time to really learn. Forever enjoying a challenge, Sue decided she would try her hand at these watercolors that everyone told her were so difficult. It seems she took to them like a duck takes to---well---water.

 

Primarily self-taught, Sue has gained invaluable help from watching instructional DVDs and experimenting on her own.

 

She has won a few minor prizes along the way and one major award, has earned signature membership in the California Watercolor Association and Global Association of Watercolor Artists, but as thrilling as that is, she says it has always been about the gift, embracing that grace so freely given, surrendering to the passion to create something lovely while learning lessons in art and life.

 

Life is certainly an experience. It's also filled with problems, some of which need to be solved. It would be nice to walk through life, only seeing the Pooh-isms (which I dearly love), but the world I walk in is a real place and real places can often be dark. That's why I paint a lot of small children doing what children do. They are innocently and unabashedly truly themselves and no one else, their joy is profound and contagious, their spirits are still somehow tethered to God, they never apologize for asking questions or not knowing, they notice everything, even the inconspicuous and insignificant, they love sunshine, puddles and mud, butterflies, pill-bugs, puppies and kittens. They have a reservoir of courage and nobility that can astound you when they have cause to call upon it. And the wisdom that occasionally falls from their rosebud lips has the ability to make you feel like you know nothing of the world or life or love.  In short, they are everything we should be, but have forgotten how to be. ~ I'm trying to remember and painting them feeds my soul."
 

Susan paints children doing what children do, florals, still life and some landscapes. 

 

 

 AWARDS & HONORS 

 

2019

 

Named to Signature Member of the Global Association of Watercolor Artists (GAWA)

 



2018

 

"Girls In White Dresses With Blue Satin Sashes"  Special Mention, Global Association of Watercolor Artists,  International Competition

 

 

2016

 

"Cream Colored Ponies"  accepted  into California Watercolor Association's Signature "Watermarks" Exhibition

 

 

2015

 

Accepted as signature member of the  California Watercolor Association 

         

"The Orange Sweater"  accepted   into California Watercolor Association's 46th National Exhibition.   

                           

"Hope"  Richard Barret Memorial Award, California Watercolor Association 45th National Exhibition

 


2014

 

"Hope" accepted into California Watercolor Association's 45th National Exhibition 

 

"Members of the  Wedding" Silver Award California Watercolor Association, 44th National Exhibition.

 


2013

 

"I Wonder" 1st Place Creative Catalyst Summer Art Fest

 

 

2008

 

"Sunflowers" 5th Place North Light Book Club Covver Contest, Beginner Category



 

ASSOCIATIONS 

 

Mondial Art Academia (France)

 

California Watercolor Association

 

National Watercolor Society

 

American Watercolor Society

 

North Coast Open Studios

 

Global Association of Watercolor Artists

 

Old Town Art Gallery, Eureka, California

 

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