a visual voice
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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
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
Dusty Roads Artists – St Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV
Sierra Arts Foundation – Executive Board Member