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Susan Ploughe

Susan Ploughe holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Pennsylvania, she has lived in Illinois for 20 years. After many years of working as an illustrator and graphic designer, she turned to oil painting full time in 2002. Working both in the studio and en plein air, Susan is comfortable depicting a variety of subjects. She loves the process of discovery, of figuring out how paint applied to a flat surface can come to life and evoke an emotional response. The thrill of the ‘not-knowing’ followed by the delight when the subject miraculously begins to shape keeps her painting fresh. In 2008, Susan took a chance and came on the Linden Centre’s first China sponsored tour. Susan was deeply inspired by the faces she saw and realized that even without the ability of speaking the same language she was clearly seeing universal human traits such as humor, generosity and compassion. 

 

Susan is a member of the Oil Painters of America, where she has been juried into many respected shows, including the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and she has won awards in the OPA Eastern Regional, Salon International, the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Easton and other exhibits. Susan's artwork is in private and corporate collections around the country, and she paints portraits on commission.

Education:

BFA, Painting - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Member:

Oil Painters of America; American Impressionist Society; Portrait Society of America; American Women Artists

Publications: 

Fine Art Connoisseur, October 2014

International Artist magazine, October/November 2010

American Art Collector magazine, May, August and October 2010; October and December 2012; June, Aug 2013; June, July 2015
The Richeson 75 International: Small Works 2010
Best of America: Oil Artists - Volume II, Kennedy Publishing, November 2009
The Richeson 75 International: Figure/Portrait 2008; 2009; 2011; 2012
American Artist magazine, February 2008

Exhibitions and Awards (2013 to present)


2015

Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition - Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, FL
Solo Show - Linden Gallery, Ellison Bay, WI
Paint Sarasota Quick Draw - Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota, FL - Third Place
Paint North Carolina - Germanton Gallery, Germanton, IL
Art in the Barn - Barrington, IL - Invited Artist
Cedarburg Plein Air - Cedarburg, WI
Juror of Awards - First Brush of Spring Plein Air, New Harmony, IN

2014

RayMar Art Seventh Annual Fine Art Competition - Finalist
Paint North Carolina - Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC
Art in the Barn - Barrington, IL - Invited Artist; Best in Show, Oils
22nd Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show - Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC

2013

Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show - Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
American Impressionist Society, 14th National Exhibition - M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase Competition (Summer) - Honorable Mention
21st Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show - Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC
6 Inch Squared Show - Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
Salon International Juried Competition - Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
Door County Plein Air Festival - Door County, WI - Invited Artist
Cedarburg Plein Air - Cedarburg, WI