"Regardless of subject, my work is about light, space, and tranquility. I edit what I see into strong shapes and luminous colors to transport the viewer into a moment of peace and beauty."
A disciplined artist, Suzanne Siegel works in her studio or in the field every day, usually from early morning until late afternoon. As she says, "No matter where I am or what I am doing, I am always painting inside my head, looking for inspiration by observing shapes, color and value relationships, and the light--the amazing beauty of light and how it influences everything."
Siegel takes long walks in the landscapes she paints in order to find something that will stop her in her tracks. Then she knows she must pause and consider whether what she sees can be translated into a painting.
She works on location with either watercolors or pastels, making sketches and color studies to jog her memory in the studio, where she completes larger paintings.
An award-winning artist, Siegel received her B.F.A. from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where she received the Stobart Fellowship for excellence in painting. She earned an M.F.A. in visual art from Vermont College and has received awards from the Connecticut Watercolor Society, New Haven Paint and Clay, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Painters of Maine, and the Pastel Society of New Hampshire.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Pastel Painters of Maine Members Show - 4th place award, Saco, Maine, Saco Museum, 2009
New Canaan Society for the Arts - Spectrum 2009 - first prize, pastels , New Canaan, CT, Carriage Barn, Wavenk Park, 2009
Connecticut Watercolor Society - Third Prize, Hartford, CT, Hartford Art School, 2008
New Hampshire Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition - two awards, for two paintings selected, Portsmouth, NH, Portsmouth Discovery Center Gallery , 2009
2008 Connecticut Pastel Society Members Show - Award of Excellence, West Hartford, CT, West Hartford Art League Gallery, 2008