Award winning artist, Susan Stefanski has studied art at Villanova University and local art centers since 1999. Susan is drawn to representational painting in oil, watercolor and pastel. Painting is spiritual and serene and promotes a feeling of contentment and joy to be shared with others. This past year, she has had two large solo shows at Thomas Moser Gallery and Villanova University, resulting in a several commissions, one to paint Irish landscapes to cover the walls at St. Declan’s Well Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA. Her representational works are predominately landscapes, which capture light, color and feelings that fall under an umbrella of “God’s Gifts”. Susan’s painting “Morning Warmth, Point Lookout” took second place last fall at the Brandywine Plein Air Festival. She won the Marie Brobeil Memorial Award in the DVAL Jenkins Arboretum Exhibition for her painting “Groundcover”. Susan is a member of ARTsisters, Artist Equity, Delaware Valley Art League, Main Line Art Center (Professional Member) in Haverford, PA, and Haverford Guild of Craftsmen. She is represented by North End Trilogy, Barnegate Light, NJ; ADM Gallery, Newtown Square, PA; Hardcastle Gallery, Delaware; and Z Gallery, West Chester, PA.
I have always enjoyed taking raw materials and turning them into something beautiful. I discovered painting late in life and was thrilled to find this challenging creative process trying to capture the beauty and serenity I experience in nature.
Painting has made me see the world differently, paying attention to shadows and colors like never before. I am more aware of my surroundings and most drawn to painting outside. Fields, streams, flowers in the landscape, and shorelines call me to take brush and knife to canvas, capturing light, air, and space. I get lost in the cool and warm colors, the soft and hard edges of my representational, slightly impressionistic work. I hope to convey to the viewer feelings of peace, contentment and serenity.
The challenges of my craft are a thrill and will continue to evolve. If I am not painting I am thinking about how to render a subject, be it a flower or a child. I am so grateful for God’s gifts which can be found all around me.