Artist’s Statement/Resume

Susan Duke:  Artist’s Statement

Susan in her studio.

Susan in her studio.

When I am painting, I lose myself in the colors — the intricate interactions of the fluid oil pigments are a constant and complete fascination to me.   I love to use the oil paint lavishly – to paint with enthusiastic abandon.  The abstract quality of both the individual and intersecting strokes create a world unto themselves, a microcosm of experience, introspection and joy.

Although my painting style is deeply rooted in French Impressionism, it is also definitely an evolving hybrid.  I have chosen to create my original works in oil on canvas, applied with passionate palette knife strokes. The juxtaposition of freedom and control in this style of painting convey and relate to the contrasts and continuums that give our lives both excitement and balance.

Quality of both expression and craftsmanship are equally important to me.  I prefer the immediacy of painting with palette knives (generally employed to mix paints), to most convincingly convey the powerful expressive qualities of the oil medium.  Palette knife technique imparts a range of unique variations in texture from sheer to impasto.  These appear to alter in various light affording ever-changing glimpses of new detail, depth and color.

I love our earth home and want to express that intensely deep spiritual feeling which inherently connects all of us to each other and to our environment.   The essential essence of each painting simultaneously commemorates a particular place in time and reaches for the timeless.

Susan teaching art at Volunteers of America

Susan teaching art at Volunteers of America



Susan's Studio getting ready for a Show

Susan’s Studio getting ready for a Show

Gallery Representation:

 City Art Works  – Solo Show – May 3 thru June 30, 2014 — Minden, LA

BAC Community Trust Bank – Solo Show – April thru May 2014  — Shreveport, LA

Presents — Artspace – Group Show – November 2013 thru January 2014 — Shreveport, LA

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum – Solo Show – Sept. thru November 2014 — Shreveport, LA

BAC-Boomtown 1800 Prime- Solo Show- April thru July 2013 — Bossier City, LA

SRAC –Critical Mass Juried Group Exhibit –  March 2013 and March 2014– Shreveport, LA

Smith Mason Legacies – Group Show — 2011-2014 — Shreveport, LA

Zaca Studios –Duo Show – 2007-2014 – Benton, LA

Heritage Gallery — Group Show – 2004-2006 –- Shreveport, LA

Hinton Gallery – Duo Show — 1997-1998 – Shreveport, LA

Gibbens & Duke Studios – Duo Show – 1990 – 2004 — Shreveport, LA

MyOwn Gallery – Group Show – 1996-1997 – New Orleans, LA

LaBelle Gallery – Group Show – 1997 – New Orleans, LA

Raymond Chandler Gallery – Group Show – 1995-1996 — Dallas, TX

Sky High Gallery – Group Show – 1995 – Aspen, CO

Ridge Line Gallery – Group Show – 1994 – Aspen, CO

Attelier Caramel Gallery – Group Show – 1994- 1997 – Carmel, CA

Victor Gallery – Group Show – 1994 – La Jolla, CA

VanElli Gallery — Group Show – 1994 – Red Bank, NJ

Ambassador Gallery – Group Show – 1993 – Soho, Manhattan, NY

Deerfield Beach Resort – Duo Show – 1993 – Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton, FL

Sterling Suites Resort – Duo Show – 1993 –Fort Lauderdale, FL

Delaney Gallery – Group Show – 1992-1993 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Renjeau Galleries – Group Show – 1992 – Concord, MA  & Boston, MA

Corporate Collections:

New York Times Company – Santa Barbara News Press—Santa Barbara, CA

AmSouth Bank – Atlanta, GA

Sterling Suites Resort – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Captain’s Cove Resort – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Deerfield Beach Resort – Deerfield Beach, FL

White Horse Inn – Galveston, TX

Littleton Inn – Littleton, MA

Park View Hotel – New Orleans, LA

Awards & Honors:

National Endowment of the Arts Grant — Artist as Entrepreneur Intensive Workshop — Spring 2013

California Newspaper Association: Art Direction, Illustration and Graphic Design — 23 wins – 1980-1987

California Newspaper Association: Judge Graphics Awards – 1987

American Collegiate: Illustrator of the Year/Graphics Pace Setter Awards – 1979-1980

Louisiana and California College Educational Grants – 3.75 GPA — 1975-1979

California Educational Grants: Tutor – Graphics; English; Publications — 1976-1979

Holiday in Dixie Original Art — Honorable Mention — 1970

Louisiana American Model of the Year – 1969


Business Administration:  Golden Gate University at University of California Santa Barbara –       (2 classes shy of graduation due to corporate transfer)  1985-1987

AA: Dual Major — Graphic Communications/Journalism: Santa Barbara City College — 1980

Certificate Commercial Illustration: Shreveport Commercial College – 1972

Charitable Original Fine Art Donations, Shreveport, LA:

ArTini Fund Raiser for Bossier Arts Council 2013

Go Red American Heart Fund — 2010

Friends of the Meadows Museum –1998; 2001

Betty & Leonard Deaf Action Center –1997, 1999, 2001, 2003

Christmas in the Sky benefit for Shreveport Regional Arts Council — 2000, 2002

Art Positions:

Diabetic Life Pulse Clinics, LLC – Start-up Marketing director – Shreveport, LA — 2013

Heritage Gallery – Manager – Shreveport, LA — 2004-2006

Gibbens & Borders, LLC – Marketing director –Shreveport, LA –1998-2004

EF Foundation – International Art director/ publications manager – Boston, MA — 1988-1990

New York Times Company – Art director  – Santa Barbara, CA –1980-1988

Free-lance Illustrator  1972-1987

2 thoughts on “Artist’s Statement/Resume

  1. Nice web page Susan. I have always loved your creations from the time I met you ad saw the first in 1995. They are all very soothing to my soul. I can’t wait to see your exhibit tonight!

    Sincerely, Susan Burns Hancock

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