Susiehyer has been drawing and painting since she was a child. "I remember drawing a pair of ceramic flamingos my mother used to keep on her dining room table when I was four years old", she says. "I knew from that moment I would be an artist when I grew up."
Attending art programs at Moravian College, The Baum School of Art, and the University of West Florida in the 1970's, she continues to study and expand her repertoire and abilities, attending the Art Students League of Denver and participating in workshops whenever she can, with artists such as Quang Ho, Kim English, Jay Moore, and Kevin Weckbach. In 2001, she completed the Denver Botanical Gardens Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.
This award-winning artist has been working professionally since 1976 and has been the recipient of a number of scholarships, grants, and awards for her work, including two international design awards. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and national exhibitions, hangs in many private and corporate collections, and has been published in the celebrated book "Landscapes of Colorado", Southwest Art Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine as a feature artist, on the covers of Art Life, Evergreen Living, and Mountain Country Life. Most recently she was included in the American Art Collector Series of books. She has been a National Vice President of the Women's Caucus for Art, President of the New Orleans Chapter, and is involved in several other professional organizations such as Plein Air Artist of Colorado and Oil Painters of America.
Susiehyer is represented by several galleries along the Front Range. Her work can be seen in many private and corporate collections. She maintains a home, studio, and multiple gardens in Evergreen, Colorado where she lives with her husband, sometimes one or two grown children, two cats and numerous elk, deer, and other wildlife. She continues to push herself in new directions and challenge herself artistically, traveling to paint en plein air, and working from sketches, field studies, and photos in the studio. Recent painting trips include Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, Corsica, France, Taos, Rocky Mountain National Park, Portugal, California, and the New Jersey Coast. She teaches workshops out of her studio in Evergreen and is an invited juror for local and and national exhibits.
Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa., 1972-76 Bachelor of Arts/Fine Art, Scholarship Award
Baum School of Art, Allentown, Pa., 1977 Scholarship Award
University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla., 1978-79 Scholarship Award
Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program, 2002-03
Art Students League of Denver, 2002-2004 (studies with Quang Ho, Kim English, Doug Dawson, Kevin Weckbach, John Lencicki, Ron Hicks)
High Plein Air Denver, Colorado History Museum, Best of Show, 1st Place Award, November 3-24, 2007
Paint Sculpt Shoot Evergreen 2007: Best of Show
Estes Park Plein Air 2007: Third Place Winner
Estes Park Plein Air 2006: Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Silver Award
Arts for the Parks 2006: Top 100 and 2nd 100, Award of Excellence
Arts for the Parks 2005: Top 100 and Mini 100, Awards of Excellence
Estes Park Plein Air 2005: Award of Excellence
Artists of Colorado 2003: Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO Award of Excellence
Rocky Mountain Women's Institute: 1989 Associate Award, Denver, CO
Women In Design International Second Annual Competition: 1984 Award of Merit
International Art Competition: 1982 IAC, Inc. Award of Excellence
Selected One and Two Person Exhibits:
The Framed Image, Littleton, CO 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, CO 2007
Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO 2007
Evergreen Art Center, 2004
Gallery AF, Alliance Francaise Denver, CO 2004
Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO, 1989
Abacus Gallery, Denver, CO, 1986
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1985
Group Exhibits in the Denver Metro area have included the Foothills Art Center, Evergreen Art Center, Abend Gallery, Saks Galleries, Art Students League of Denver, Denver Botanic Gardens, R L Foster Gallery, Reed Art Gallery, Colorado History Museum, Lakewood Cultural Art Center, Edge Gallery, Sink Gallery, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Angler Fine Art, and Park Hill Gallery.
National Exhibitions include OPA's Western Regional Exhibit 2010; Women Artists of the West 2009; Salon International 2007; Paint America Top 100: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Art for the Parks 2005: Top 100 and Mini 100 Competition; and Arts for the Parks 2006: Top 100 and 2nd 100
Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Artists of Colorado
Southwest Art Magazine, Feb 2011, "The Big Picture"
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, March/April, "Today's Masters, Three to Watch", The Colorado Landscape, Fresco Fine Art Publications, 2007
Best of Oil Artists and Artisans, Kennedy Publications, vol 1 and 2
American Art Collector, Alcove books, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, 2004
A Season of Growth, Colorado Lottery, 2004
Evergreen Living Magazine, cover and featured artist, 2004
Canyon Courier, front page and featured article, 2004
Mountain Country Life Magazine, cover, 2004
Contemporary Women Artists, 1986
Art/Life Magazine, cover, 1984
Les Beaux Arts Magazine, 1984
Hue Points Magazine, 1983 and 1984