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Susan Klinger


The first time I worked in pastel, I was intrigued by the direct application of pigment to the surface. Nothing between my hand and the pastel. I enjoy the challenge of manipulating color and value to create the illusion of reality on the two-dimensional surface. Light plays an important role in my work, and I love to depict reflections, whether on glass or water. There is much beauty on this planet, and I hope to encourage viewers to see that beauty through my eyes. 

Realism has always been my primary focus, yet my years of teaching high school art, continue to have me switching gears at times to work in different mediums and to explore abstraction. My abstract work is dramatically different than my realistic work yet expresses a different side of my artist personality. As an art teacher, I wanted to be the teacher who practiced what she preached. I shared my artist life regularly with my students and they in turn inspired me with their many creative ideas.

I have exhibited nationally and am a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, American Artists Professional League, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Maryland Pastel Society.