Susan Reid Levin - Painter
I have had a lifelong interest in art. My grandmother and mother were both artists, so I grew up with an appreciation for art. As an 8 year old, along with a friend, we took a D.C. bus and went to the Melon Gallery to walk around and view the magnificent works of art. I was excited to study the Impressionists, so a first oil painting I did was of a ballerina that posed for me.
After retirement, as a school principal, I discovered that I wanted to be a painter! A real change from my former profession. Moving to the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia I discovered an entire "colony" of artists drawn to the natural beauty and radiant light there.
I enjoy traveling to paint and have painted in France in Moet's garden and followed Van Gogh's trail. I experienced a fabulous painting trip to New Mexico where I painted at Georgia O'keefe's Ghost Ranch. Living on the beach in Calvert County I study the sunrises and clouds and use them as inspiration for new work.
I enjoy painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolors. When I am feeling adventurous, I paint on Yupo, a special type of watercolor paper, and work on mixed media. I am following my love of the Impressionists and am beginning to paint looser landscapes using a pallet knife and softer colors.