SUSAN M. ROSE


STATEMENT

My extensive travels throughout the United States have given me the opportunity to immerse myself in the American landscape. My continued interest in and enjoyment of being outdoors drives the imagery of most of my paintings. I can be found hiking, fishing, exploring and always studying the play of light and shadow on the land and how I might capture it's illusiveness in my work. The act of creating brings balance to my life and allows me to enjoy the abundance of nature. The idea of translating three-dimensional work onto a two dimensional surface is where the magic happens for me. The largest paintings I make look abstract but are made from memories of stored images. Sometimes I allow the power of those images to speak for themselves through color and texture. Other times I am more interested in putting recognizable images onto canvas and that is when I head outdoors and record my impressions of what I see. The result I am aiming for is an image that says something powerful but that is painted in the most economical way. This is probably where I feel the happiest and most challenged as an artist. To eliminate superfluous  brushstrokes, making every stroke count and not having anything in the painting that is not absolutely essential to the composition is key.


PROFILE

Susan M. Rose is predominantly a landscape painter whose surfaces are as rich with texture as the terrain she hikes out to. Currently splitting time between the American West and Midwest, Rose aims to represent her powerful surroundings through a simpler lens. Whether it be the windblown sand dunes of Michigan’s west coast or the boundless Teton Mountain Range of Wyoming, she is interested in observing the energy of these places and echoing that two-dimensionally, not only thoughtfully but economically. To accomplish this, Rose says “when I look at something I want to paint, I often compose a haiku poem in my head because it has the same conciseness that I want to achieve in my work.” Using only essential and intentional brush strokes while in pursuit of this connection to the world around her, Rose is able to represent in her landscapes the illusiveness of light and shadow, a gentle sense of color, and the feeling of being the only one out there to see it. Susan Rose received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and Master of Arts in education from Michigan State University, with post-graduate studies at Montana State University. She is now able to spend her time fishing, hiking and painting en plein air, as she has recently retired from 30 years as an art educator for K-12 students in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.


BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Michigan State University
Master of Arts in Education, Michigan State University
Post Graduate Studies, Montana State University

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
Whodunnit”, Art Association of Jackson Hole Gallery, Jackson,WY
"Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co-Exist", Rhode Island School of Design Gallery, Providence, RI
"WyoView: Four Seasons", Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson, WY
"Plein Air Fest" National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson WY
"Garden Party", Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
"Eagle Plein Air Festival", Eagle, ID

“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Saving What I Love”, solo exhibit hosted by Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID

2017
“Small Holiday Works”, Local Galleria, Driggs, ID
“The White Show”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Perception and Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Preserved!”, Land Conservancy of West Michigan hosted by LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Preserved!”, Land Conservancy of West Michigan hosted by Harris Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“Art and Wine”, hosted by Teton Valley Hospital Foundation, Driggs, ID
“Brockish Property Exhibit”, hosted by Teton Regional Land Trust, Driggs, ID
“Driggs Plein Air Exhibit”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Plein Air Fest”, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
“Eagle Plein Air Exhibit”, The Gallery at Finer Frames, Eagle, ID
“Art on the Vine”, 3 Horse Vineyards, Eagle, ID
“Wildflowers and Wild Women”, Local Galleria, Driggs, ID

2016
“Interpretations of Winter”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Art and Wine”, hosted by Teton Valley Hospital Foundation, Driggs, ID
“Driggs Plein Air Exhibit”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Golf Ball”, Mission Point hosted by Wawashkamo Historical Society, Mackinac Island, MI
“Plein Air Fest”, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
“First Brush of Spring”, Hosted by Hoosier Salon, New Harmony, IN
“Annual West Michigan Regional Competition”, hosted by Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI

2015
“Preserved!”, Land Conservancy of West Michigan hosted by LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Preserved!”, Land Conservancy of West Michigan hosted by (106) Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“Art and Wine”, hosted by Teton Valley Hospital Foundation, Driggs, ID
“Driggs Plein Air Exhibit”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Plein Air Fest”, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
“Annual West Michigan Regional Competition”, hosted by Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI
“Susan M. Rose and Robert Penning”, two person show hosted by Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2014
“Driggs Plein Air Exhibit”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Annual West Michigan Regional Competition”, hosted by Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI
“Top 25 Wyoming Wilderness Association Traveling Exhibit”, hosted by various galleries, Wyoming Wilderness Association, Sheridan, WY
“F.A.R.M. Exhibit”, Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI

2013
“Driggs Plein Air Exhibit”, Teton Arts Gallery, Driggs, ID
“Teton Plein Air Painters”, Art Association of Jackson Hole Gallery, Jackson, WY
“Annual West Michigan Regional Competition”, hosted by Lowell Arts, Lowell, MI

SELECTED AWARDS

Teton Regional Land Trust on site event artist
Eagle, ID Plein Air Event: 1st place, Nocturne, Award of Merit in Oil painting
6th Annual National Museum of Wildlife Art “Best of Show”
Eagle, ID Plein Air event two 2nd place awards
Teton Valley Hospital Foundation on site event artist
Wawashkamo, Mackinac Island on site event artist
Honorable Mention: Driggs Digs Plein Air Competition
5th Annual Invitational Plein Air Event: National Museum of Wildlife Art
IPAPA First Brush of Spring Competition Quick Draw Honorable Mention
Juror for Winter Arts Festival at Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Exhibit and Artist in Residency
Juror for Fallasburg Fine Arts Festival
Top 25 Wyoming Wilderness Traveling Art Exhibit
People’s Choice Award: Driggs Digs Plein Air Competition

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIPS

Still Life Workshop with Jeff Legg
Plein Air Workshops: Scott Christiansen, Dave Santillanes, Matt Smith, Marc Hanson, Jim Wilcox, Michael Clark, Aaron Schruer
Oil Painters of America
Teton Plein Air Painters
Idaho Plein Air Painters

TEACHING

Various group and individual plein air workshops
Wyoming Artists Association workshop
Volunteer at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Kennari Consulting
Steelcase Corporate Headquarters
American Seating Showroom
Hardwood House, New York