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Work Samples


Graphite on duralar over pastel on paper.

City Planning (detail)

This is a detail of "City Planning", the newest painting in a series of oil over collage that goes back thirty years.

Unfolding Landscape

Pastel and colored pencil on paper.


Watercolor and oils on an eighteen inch porcelain figure


About Susan

Baltimore County

As a faculty member at MICA I co-edited and wrote an essay on Critique in "Beyond Critique-Different Ways to Talk About Art" and was a presenter at a symposium on critique at Columbia University in the Fall 2016. Recently in "Baltimore Rising" at the Lazarus Center I was featured in Style Magazine's November issue.

Visual Commentary

These paintings are oil over collage, a technique that employs the research that went into the subject of the painting, and the hidden influences on our contemporary world. They aim to question misguided values and dangerous trends and have run parallel to my other work for more than thirty years.

  • City Planning (detail)

    The collage beneath the road shows satellite imagery of Baltimore and other cities where racial divisions are amplified by major highways dividing the neighborhoods.The collage under the sky shows the difference between rich and poor in the environmental pollution.
  • The Production of a Free Workforce

    The collage beneath the painting shows articles about private prisons and the emphasis on laws that will increase the number of inmates, and about the racial disparities in the prison population.
  • Frontmen

    Collage and video loop show the faces of those who kept selling war in Iraq with images of nuclear weapons and fear.
  • Enter Fortress America

    Collage shows corporate influence behind the scenes in politics.
  • Homeland Security 1: Neighborhood

    Collage shows local Baltimore neighborhoods to consider the role of the US as aggressor.
  • Homeland Security 3:Park

    Collage reflects on the vulnerability of nature and the influence of the arms industry on aggression.
  • Rapacity

    Transfers beneath the painting reflect the exploitation of the planet's resources.
  • Avidity Redux

    Transfers beneath the painting show the historic monuments and architecture being destroyed by greed.

Consciousness Drawings

Throughout my career, the pastel and colored pencil drawings I use to explore consciousness, reflect on its many levels, and how states of mind are influenced. They are philosophical in their intent, questioning the assumption that consciousness is individually localized.


During mt 2013 sabbatical I plunged into ideas of material being through work with clay. Painting in oils on stoneware and porcelain I tried to suggest the place where the non- material becomes physical and when the physical begins to shift into spirit.

Behind the Scenes

Connected to visual ideas in the 3D work, this series uses graphite and duralar stitched together with red thread.
The lower layer is watercolor, the stitching drawing attention to key areas. The illusionistic challenge that propelled me was to get the image to seem to push forward as though a force was growing and swelling behind it. The stitching represents resistance to this growth which creates suffering. Formally, in addition to working against the idea of illusionistic space always opening a window out into space, I also create the illusion of the surface pulling against the stitching.

Susan's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.