Susan Coppage Parker

Paintings of Daily Life

On the verge of changing to a fine arts major in college, the practical side of my nature prevailed, and thus I managed to avoid a lifetime of starvation. Eventually, however, the need to create reemerged, and I resumed painting seriously in 1997. I now work in pastels, watercolor, and oil. I find I am drawn to offbeat subjects and interesting shapes, or unusual aspects of more ordinary subjects. I am particularly intrigued by the challenges of perspective.

I have studied watercolor techniques with Irene Sylvester, Frank Webb (AWS), and Kent Roberts, and oil painting with David Buckley Good of the Schuler School of Fine Art, Patt Legg, Marie McCafferty, and have attended a variety of other workshops. Generally, I subscribe to the notion that the best way to learn to paint is to paint, and I paint every day.

I have done commissions (people and pet portraits, and homes) and have been engaged in the shameless commerce side of art in order to support my need to paint.

My initial foray into competitive exhibition resulted in a "Best in Show" for a watercolor portrait shown at the 2006 Morgan County Fair. I have since participated in other juried exhibits, including the annual Valley Art Association show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art (Hagerstown, MD), the Cumberland Valley Exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, The Ice House (Berkeley Springs, WV), and the Washington County Arts Council. I have exhibited at various other venues, including the Valley Art Association's (VAA) Mansion House Gallery (Hagerstown, MD) (juried, ongoing), Hagerstown Bluesfest, Hagerstown's Fall Festival, the Washington County Hospital's 'Art in the Hallway' program, several restaurants, Art in the Park (Berkeley Springs, WV), the Washington County Agricultural Exhibition (Grand Champion, 2009), and the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center (WV).

I am an active member of two artists' organizations: the Valley Art Association (President, 2009-10), and the Potomac River Artists Guild.

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