nichols gallery

 

July 2-31, 2016


2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: July 9, 5 pm – 8 pm

Susan Elwart Hall
Plein Air Show Time

Susan Elwart Hall
Susan Elwart Hall

 

My studio is the boot of my car. There I have my easels and oil paints for my next masterpiece. Searching for a site is part of the journey, as soon as I find Peet's Coffee! Once awake, I take to the streets like a searchlight looking for a possible location. Finding it, I start my techniques of sketching, creating, laughing and enjoying the time. Who knows, maybe someone will see my painting as I have lovingly created it, and will place the highest honor on it and mark it sold!

— Susan Elwart Hall


 

Susan Elwart Hall Susan Elwart Hall

 

Susan Elwart Hall has had a long and varied career in arts.  She graduated first in her class at the Art Academy of Michigan. After graduation, she worked for Walt Disney as an artist and freelancer for eight years. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Rudolph Schaeffer Interior Design School, and then worked as an interior designer.  She returned to illustrating and designing and has worked for Sunset Magazine and many Silicon Valley high-technology companies.  She developed an outstanding reputation as a portrait artist working in the medium of pen and ink and pencil.

From 1995 to 2002, Susan ran the Susan Hall Studio to dedicate herself to creating original masterpieces based on classic techniques, specializing in murals and custom-designed wallpaper.  Susan worked extensively in higher-value homes in San Francisco and Silicon Valley and had many repeat clients.

In recent years, Susan developed an interest in plein air painting and has gained considerable attention, including the following awards and shows:

Oil Painters of America
2015, National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Scottsdale, AZ
2014, National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Bennington, VT and Carmel, CA
2013, Salon Show, Award of Excellence for Most Original
2012, National Exhibition West Coast Juried Selection, 1 of 100 artists
2011, National Exhibition West Coast Juried Selection, 1 of 200 artists

American Impressionist Society
2015, Juried into Show, 180 pieces selected

Mendocino Open Paint Out – A Plein Air Festival
2015, Quick Draw Winner
2015, Founders Award
2015, Plein Air Magazine Winner
2014, First Place
2013, First Place

Los Gatos Plein Aire Competition
2016, One of 34 artists selected, Artist Choice Award, Honorable Mention
2015, One of 35 artists selected, Third Place
2014, One of 20 artists selected

Shelter Cove Plein Air Competition
2015, Best Oil Painter Award

National Parks 1 National Exhibition
2013, Honorable Mention

Edward Hopper House
2013, Small Matters of Great Importance, 3 paintings juried for show

Bold Brush International Competition
2012, September Selection, Judge: Sherrie McGraw

Carmel Art Festival
2016, 1 of 30 artists selected
2012, 1 of 30 artists selected
2011, Honorable Mention

California Art Club
2015, Point Lobos
2012, Iconic California
2011, A Century of Landscapes
2010, Flowers

Monterey Plein Aire ‘Paint the Town’ Competition
2013, First Place
2012, Honorable Mention

Blossoms II
2011, Best Small Painting

Menlo College
2010, First Place
2009, one of four artists selected for show

Filoli
2011, 3 paintings juried for show
2010, one of 20 artists selected for show

Gamble Gardens
2011, one of 20 artists selected for show
2009/10, one of 20 artists selected for show – image selected for poster

Crockett Plein Aire Paintout
2009, Honorable Mention
2008, First Place
2007, Honorable Mention

Alameda Plein Aire Competition
2009, Honorable Mention
2008, Best Historical Home Award

Capitol Plein Aire
2009, Second Place

South Wind Gallery, Topeka, Kansas
2014, 6 x 6 four pieces selected

Randy Higbee
2015, 6 x 6 four pieces selected
2014, 6 x 6 four pieces selected
2013, 6 x 6 four pieces selected

Visit susan elwart hall's website

 

Susan Elwart Hall