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"What is art but a mold in which to capture for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose." - W.Cather

Susan Manning O'Briant - Biography

Susan is an oil painter working in a traditional style. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree as a scholarship student at the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee. Returning to the Boston area, she worked as a photographer, graphic designer and art director for over 30 years.

In addition to her formal training, she studied oil still life and portrait painting for several years with her mentor and friend Mark Hayden, a Copley Master from Bradford, Massachusetts.  She has also taken landscape painting workshops with a number of well known North Shore painters, including Don Stone, Caleb Stone and David Curtis.

Susan has always loved the outdoors and enjoys painting 'Plein Air' landscapes year round.  Her studio work includes painting larger landscapes from her field studies as well as painting still lifes.


MEMBERSHIPS

North Shore Arts Association - Artist Member - Board of Trustees 2009 - 2011
Rockport Art Association - Artist Member
Guild of Boston Artists - Associate Member
Lynnfield Art Guild
Reading Art Association
Woburn Guild of Artists

RECENT AWARDS

2012
BEST of Show, 2nd Place Oil & Woodend Studio Award - Lynnfield Art Guild
1st Place & 2nd Place Oil - Reading Art Association - Spring Show

1st Place Oil - Wilmington Council for the Arts

1st Place Oil  & the People's Choice Award - Woburn Guild of Artists

2011
BEST OF SHOW - Woburn Guild of Artists - Open Show
3rd Place Oil - Reading Art Association - Fall Show
1st Place Oil - Wilmington Council for the Arts Annual Show
2nd Place Oil - Reading Art Association - Spring Show
Wood End Studio Award & Honorable Mention -  Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show

2010
BEST OF SHOW - North Shore Arts Association - Small Works Show
Honorable Mention - Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show
Honorable Mention - Woburn Guild of Artists - Holiday Show

2009
BEST OF SHOW & Wood End Studio Award - Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show
1st Place Oil - Woburn Guild of Artists - Holiday Show
3rd Place Oil - Reading Art Association - Spring Show

2008
BEST OF SHOW & People's Choice Award - Woburn Guild of Artists – Holiday Show
Michael Stoffa Memorial Award - North Shore Arts Association - Exhibition II
2nd Place Oil - Reading Art Association - Spring Show
Honorable Mention & Popular Vote - Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show

 
RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2011
Rockport Art Association - Summer Shows II, III & IV
Rockport Art Association - Spring Group Show
Reading Art Association - Spring Show
NorthShore Arts Association - Exhibition I, II, III, IV,V & VI
New England Open at Rockport
Boston Guild of Artists Regional Open Competition
Bryan Gallery "Trees" Exhibition
Reading Art Association - Fall Show
Woburn Guild of Artists - Open Show
Rockport Art Association "Masterpieces in Miniature" Holiday Show

2010
Rockport Art Association - Winter Group Show
Rockport Art Association - Summer Shows I,II,III & IV
Rockport Art Association - Masterpieces in Miniature
North Shore Arts Association - Exhibitions I,II,III & IV
North Shore Arts Association - Small Works  Show
Reading Art Association - Spring Show
Reading Art Association - Fall Show
Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show
Woburn Guild of Artists - Holiday Show
Saltbox Gallery - Spring & Fall Shows

2009
Rockport Art Association - Summer Shows I, III & IV
Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show
North Shore Arts Association - Exhibition I, II, III & IV
Woburn Guild of Artists - Holiday Show
Reading Art Association - Spring Show
Painting-by-the-Sea Exhibition, Manchester
Saltbox Gallery Spring & Fall Shows

2008
Woburn Guild of Artists – Holiday Show
North Shore Arts Association - Exhibitions I,II & III
Reading Art association - Spring Show
Lynnfield Art Guild - Spring Show
Saltbox Gallery – ‘New England Summer Show’
Saltbox Gallery – Spring & Fall Shows

Susan Manning O'Briant - Biography
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