SUE BRASWELL

On Monhegan Island, Maine

Email: shbbraswell@mac.com

Education

1972-1976, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
1976-1977, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School, Richmond, Virginia
1999-2005, Art League School, Alexandria, Virginia; studied with Scott Hutchison, Tania Karpowitz, Sara Poly, Rick Weaver, Diane Tessler, Danni Dawson, and Rob Liberace
2016-2019, studied with Michael Davis

Juried Exhibits

2003, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, “Small Works Exhibit”
2004, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, “37th Annual Patrons’ Show”
2004, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, “Art Doesn’t Need to Match Your Sofa – But It Can” All-Media Show
2005, Montpelier International Art Show, Montpelier, VA
2007-2019, Piedmont Regional Art Show, The Plains, VA
2015, 4th Annual Miniature Show, Gallery Flux, Ashland, VA
2016, Hylton Center Third Annual Juried Exhibition, Manassas, VA
2019, Art at the Mill Show, Millwood, VA
2021, National Association of Women Artists, Winter Small Works Exhibit, online
2021, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America Small Works, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC

Studio and Gallery

Stuart Street Atelier, The Plains, Virginia

Statement

My studies in the 1970s and 80s were focused on printmaking and drawing. A decade later after a career in graphic design, I returned to the fine arts, specifically oil painting. The study of light and line that I found exciting in lithography and etching continue to fascinate me in painting.

I live in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains on a horse farm where the inhabitants and their surroundings offer continual inspiration. However, still-life and figure painting are equal endeavors. Painting is a splendid way to get to know any subject. In elusive outdoor settings, there is always more going on than first perceived. And while I can control the set-up of a studio painting, I invariably make wonderful discoveries as I paint my way through the objects that I have arranged and cast a light on. With every painting there is a balance of trying to hold onto my initial intentions while incorporating those discoveries. I want my viewers to experience this same delight, as their eye travels through my work.