People wonder what inspires someone to become an artist? Considered a “creative colorist” Susan Hess’ work reveals immediately it is her passion for color. Her bold use of vibrant colors and fluid strokes creates energy in each painting.
Born in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, Susan became fascinated with colors at the age of 9 when she created her own colors by melting together the crayons from “the big box” of Crayolas. She attended Marywood College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Fine Art and Interior Design.
Working for 25 years as an interior designer she continued her fascination with color through her use of paint and fabrics. She developed her artistic skills as she studied with national and international artists.
A resident of Madeira Beach, Florida for over 20 years she creates interpretive impressions of people, places and nature. Her experimentation with acrylic, watercolor, and collage led to a fascination of encaustic wax painting. Her new encaustic work combines the spontaneity of color, the texture of acrylics and the flow of watercolors. She has married her two loves.
Susan paints and exhibits her work at Artlofts Studios, # 211 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work has been included and awarded in numerous regional and national exhibitions. She is a signature member of Florida Watercolor Society and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.
“My artistic journey is always full of surprising challenges and my goal is to convey that excitement through color, design and texture”
BA Marywood College
Florida Watercolor Society
Morean Art Center
Florida Craft Art
President,Watercolor Seminars Inc.
Daytona Art League
Kotler Gallery-solo show
Gallery Royale-solo show
Beach Art Center
Gulfcoast Museum of Art
All Florida Show
Imago Art Gallery
Florida Watercolor Show
International Society of Acrylic Painters Florida Show
Gasparilla Art Festival
Signature Member Florida Watercolor Society 2008
Third Place ISAP Florida Show 2008
Pinellas Grant for Professional Artists 2008
Selected Artist for city of Tampa Banner Program 2007
Gasparilla Emerging Artist Award 2007
Festival of the Arts-Inverness, Florida
Beauty and the Beach Art Show-Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Largo Cultural Arts Show-Largo, Florida
Pinellas County Student Art Show-St. Petersburg, Florida