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Susan Watson, a southern California native, currently lives in Reno, Nevada.  Her work has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.  In 2014, her painting  "SUBMERGED" won "Best in Show" at the Tahoe Maritime Museum exhibition SUNKEN TREASURES.

An artist and painter for more than 40 years, her education and style have continually evolved. During 2006-2008 while living in Paris, she studied at the studio of Nina Kovacheva and was encouraged to painter larger and more abstractly.  In the last decade she began experimenting with not having a visual point of reference, but rather an emotional or visceral one and she describes the style as Non-Objective rather than Abstract.

Susan's work is currently represented by Beckwith Gallery in Reno, Nevada and her paintings hang in private collections around the world.


Though many interpret my work as abstract, I describe it as completely non-objective.  I'm not trying to abstract a still-life or landscape but rather I use lines, shapes and especially color to communicate ideas, feelings and emotions.  My objective is to illicit a response.

I changed from oils to acrylic paints and mediums because it forces me to make decisions quickly and intuitively before the paints dry.  Because I began painting on large canvas I use very large brushes and rubber palette knives so that I can paint bold strokes which originate from my shoulder, Those big gestures open my heart so that I can infuse the painting with my energy.  

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017     Beckwith Gallery, Reno, NV   June 15  6-9pm
2016     Metro Gallery, Reno, NV    "No Line Around My Thoughts"
2014     The Riverside Hub, Reno, NV
2014     BWV Gallery, Reno, NV       “Instinctive Territory”
2014     Singer Social Club, Reno, NV
2009     Sierra Design Group, Incline Village, NV
2008     Teshima Gallery, Paris, France
2006     M Studio, Incline Village, NV
2003     Incline Village Art Gallery, Incline Village, NV

 Selected Juried Exhibitions
2014     Tahoe Maritime Museum, Homewood, CA

 Selected Group Exhibitions
2017  Hammamet, Tunisia    May

2015     Sparks Heritage Museum  Sparks, NV
2015     Liberty Fine Art Gallery   Reno, NV
2015     The Lasting Dose Gallery   Reno, NV   “The Blue Project”
2014     Liberty Fine Art Gallery   Reno, NV
2014     The Generator Gallery   Sparks, NV    “The Circle Project”
2014     Art Nevada Gallery   Virginia City, NV
2014     Reno Art Works  Reno, NV   “Hot One Inch”
2013     Art Nevada Gallery   Virginia City, NV
2009     Liquid Assets   Ashland, OR
2007     Carrousel de Louvre   Paris, France
2005     Art’s Desire Gallery   Incline Village, NV

 Awards and Honors
2015      Artspot Featured Artist (February) Reno, NV
2014     “Best in Show” Tahoe Maritime Museum “Sunken Treasures”, Homewood, CA

 Media and Reviews
2015     Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine July Issue
2015     Reno Tahoe Tonight Radio Interview

 Professional Memberships/Associations
Dusty Roads Artists – St Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV
Sierra Arts Foundation – Executive Board Member