Susan Lyon: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
|Maya with Guitar by Susan Lyon, oil painting, 12 x 9.
Susan Lyon studied painting at the American Academy of Art
and the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, both in Chicago. It is there
she first began exhibiting and selling her oil painting art. At 23 she was the
youngest winner of the prestigious Gold Medal, which she won two years in a
row. She has won awards for her work exhibited at the Palette & Chisel
Academy, the Oil Painters of America, and the Northwest Rendezvous Show. Lyon
draws much inspiration from painters such as Zorn, Malavin, Sorolla, and
Lyon’s technique is to paint wet-in-wet to start and then
wet-on-dry for her finishing touches. She occasionally thins her oils with
mineral spirits to obtain a balance of scratchy brushwork against thick opaque
strokes for the lights. "My style is realistic with as much
impressionistic color as possible," the artist says. "I like to combine
wide brushes for sweeping strokes in the background with small, soft brushes
for subtle details in my center of interest." The ideas for many of Susan’s
paintings come from the everyday things that surround her home.
Although Lyon’s main medium of choice is oil, she spends at
least half her time working in such drawing media as charcoal and pastel.
"I’ve always loved to draw and have kept working from life consistently
ever since art school," she explains. "A few years ago I began to
take my drawings more seriously and wanted people to see that a drawing could
be just as important and aesthetic as any other piece of art." Lyon lives
in rural North Carolina, which allows her the space and privacy to grow as an
artist and also serves as the perfect home base for her international painting
travels with her husband, the artist Scott Burdick. For more information on Lyon,
visit her website.
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