Susan Stuart was born in Worcester, Mass., and lives and works in Albany, N.Y. She earned an MA’76 from UAlbany and a BFA’69 from Syracuse University and studied with Rudolf Baranik at the Art Students League from 1991-1996. Stuart has won numerous awards for her work, including special merit at the American Drawing Biennial,Williamsburg,VA and in 1995 she received national recognition from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Teacher Artist Program, Colorado Springs, Co. Stuart taught junior high and high school art for 33 years and now continues her painting full time, with emphasis on two different series: architecture and dogs. The work is abstract and precise in its execution, filled with textured color on a grand scale.
“The painting process is an integral part of my work, with abstracted color my primary goal. To create a rich surface, I’ve developed a distinct style using both wet and dry pigment. Inspired by 19th century French painters, the intermixing of pastel and pumice with oil paint provides contrast in the color’s intensity as well as surface texture. My interest in architecture spans over thirty years. These most recent works are inspired by construction sites, some of which were abandoned due to mortgage failures. I see these sites as being contemplative, reflective and at times disquieting. The works are abstract but portray a reality of today: look within, regroup and rebuild.”