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Susie Y. Anderson



"A Pacific Colorist"

Susie Y. Anderson has been described as a “Pacific Colorist” with her own distinctive impressionistic style. She is a devoted and prolific oil painter, and is especially passionate about painting outdoors from life as a plein air artist. For her, this approach to creating art not only vitalizes but renews her painting instincts by the many challenges it presents. An acclaimed landscape and beachscape artist, Susie finds broad inspiration for her work ranging from the dramatic sea and landscapes of her home in Hawaii to depicting the light and color of the vast farmlands and snow- covered mountains of her second home in Park City, Utah, and beyond. 

Susie is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii (PAPOH) and has been elected the Fellow for Hawaii for the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists (PRIMA). Her paintings are found in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide including the Hilton Hotels, and the permanent collections of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the City & County of Honolulu. She has won numerous honors for her work including being selected for the 17th National Show of the American Society of Marine Artists that travels to six Museums in five states over a seventeen month run six Best-of-Show awards and two Grumbacher Gold Medal awards in juried competitions and she participates frequently in plein air events and exhibitions. Susie was a featured artist at the 2009 and 2010 “Great Makawao Paint-out Invitational” on Maui, and also at the 2011 and 2012 "Kauai Plein Air Invitational." Oil Painters of America selected her painting "Head Start" for the Oil Painters of America "2013 National Juried Salon of Traditional Oils" in Michigan. Her paintings have been selected six times in the 2013 Bold Brush Competition top 15% of all entries. She was also honored to have her painting “Up 4th” selected by the publisher and editors of Park City Magazine for the cover of their Winter/Spring 2010 edition. Published twice a year, this storied Utah magazine has a rich history of only using fine art on their covers since the first issue in 1977. 

Susie moved to Hawaii in 1969 and is a graduate of the University of Southern California holding degrees in fine arts and medical illustration. She worked for the University of Hawaii School of Medicine as a medical illustrator and graphic designer for 14 years, and then formed her own litigation graphics company, Visually Speaking Inc., before becoming a full-time, professional fine artist.

Whether in Hawaii or elsewhere, you might find Susie at inspiring locations — especially at sunrise or sunset — armed with paints and easel, interpreting the day`s remarkable light on canvas.