sue charles
Susan Brewster Charles b.1959 BFA Painting Boston University 1981

My home, the northeast coast of the Atlantic is my subject. At Boston University's College of Fine Arts, I learned how to resolve abstract relationships of value and color from observation. The professors taught with an old world approach, emphasizing the skills of fine art by focusing on the exacting craft and the broad history of art. Charles Warren Eaton, William Merritt Chase, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Fairfield Porter, Wolf Kahn and Gustav Klimt are favorite artists whose art has taught me a painting exists on many levels. It depicts light and space with a two dimensional pattern of color shapes, and it expresses ideas and emotions; it is thought made visible.

2013 Landscape Painting First Place North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts
2010 Philip Shumaker Marine Award -Hudson Valley Art Association at the National Arts Club
2010, 2007 First Place Oil - North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts
2010, 2006, 2002 Honorable Mention - North River Arts Society Members’ Show
2009 Regan Composition Award - North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts
2007 Koopman -Wyman Faculty Award - South Shore Art Center
2005 Award of Excellence - North River Arts Society Members’ Show

Notable Collections
David Brega, Artist
Jean Burden, Art Collector
Thomas Hughes, Chief Designer and Co-founder of Idealab
Allison Whipple Rockefeller, Ecology Philanthropist
Sydney Roberts Rockefeller, commissioned painting
Martha Stewart, gift of International One Design Class World Championships

Solo, Invitational & Select Juried Exhibits
2013 Open Spaces - South Street Gallery
2011 Abstracted Realism - Powers Gallery
2009 Northeast Landscapes - Dolphin Gallery
2009 Watershed - South Shore Art Center
2009 Three Plein Air Painters - Art Complex Museum
2007 New Paintings - Palmer Gallery
2007 Major/Minor - South Shore Art Center
2006, 2008 Selected Finalist - North River Arts Society Calendar
2005 New Paintings - South Street Gallery
2005 New Work - South Shore Art Center
2004 Under the Open Sky - James Library Gallery
2001, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 13 - North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts Juried Show

2008 - present, Artist at Islesford Artists Gallery, Islesford, ME
2009 - present, Artist at Powers Gallery, Acton, MA
2003 - present, Artist at South Street Gallery, Hingham, MA
2002 to present, Instructor, Advanced Oil Painting North River Arts Society
2006 to present, Member, Arts Committee, North River Arts Society
2010 Juror, Weymouth Art Association Annual Members Exhibit
2009 Juror, Kingston Art Association Annual Members Exhibit
2008 Juror, Scituate Art Association annual Members Exhibit
2007 Curator, DarkLight, Invitational Exhibit