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Suzanne McKay

Suzanne McKay

Portland, OR

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I spent part of my childhood surrounded by the beauty of the Mojave Desert, around Victorville, California, and spent another part of my childhood in Northern Illinois farm country, in Ridgefield, Crystal Lake, and Belvidere. As a result, I love depicting Country scenes, and, particularly a subject I call "A Vanishing America."

Drawing was what I did as soon as I could hold a pencil. At about 15, my brother (also an artist) gave me a set of professional watercolors. I was thrilled and immediately felt a new sense of seriousness about my art. I even sold a few at county fairs and to friends, but for pretty cheap.

I attended college at B.I.O.L.A. (The Bible Institute of Los Angeles), where I minored in Art and joined The La Mirada Artists' Colony. After college, I became an active member of The Downey Artists' League, where a few of us members exhibited our work on weekends on Wilshire Boulevard.

Moving to Portland in 1971, I joined a group of artists who were forming a new art club, which became the Portland Fine Arts Guild, for which I served as Program Chairman, Judging Committee Chairman, and President. For five years, I taught classes at Mount Hood Community College (Gresham, Oregon), in Watercolor, Life Drawing, Drawing, and Basic Design. For many years since then, I have taught Watercolor workshops, Outdoor Painting workshops, private and semi-private lessons, and I have taught Children's Art classes, and juried Children's Art Shows,
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Even though Watercolor was my forte for years, I love to paint in Oil, Acrylic, and Pastel, as well. And, in the past few years, I really enjoy Photography, both realistic and abstract.

Basically self-taught, I have been privileged to take workshops from such artists as Darwin Duncan, Phil Tyler, Sharon Smith, George Hamilton, Del Gish, and Eric Jacobsen.

Here in Oregon, I have held past memberships in The Oregon Society of Artists, The Watercolor Society of Oregon, and The Painters' Showcase.

I am currently a member of the Alla Prima Painters Portland group.

The DOING of painting, for me, is as pleasurable as viewing the finished work. This is especially true when I am painting outdoors, solo, or with artists in the Alla Prima Group. My INSPIRATION to paint is from being overwhelmed by the beauty God has created for us, and having a desire to transfer some of these scenes to paper or canvas, to share with others.

I hope you enjoy my work, whether it be to just view it, or to purchase cards, prints, a framed piece, or an original. If you have any questions or comments, I would be happy to hear from you.

 

Southern Oregon Waters by Suzanne McKay

 

Christmas Valley Oregon by Suzanne McKay

 

A Family's Memories by Suzanne McKay

 

Granddad's Cabin by Suzanne McKay

 

Tree in Snow by Suzanne McKay

 

Desert Mesa by Suzanne McKay

 

Ocotillo by Suzanne McKay

 

The New Tenant by Suzanne McKay

 

After The Flash Flood by Suzanne McKay

 

Grazin in The Grass by Suzanne McKay

 

Upstairs by Suzanne McKay

 

Left Behind in Pe El by Suzanne McKay

 

Colorful Friends II by Suzanne McKay

 

Sky and Field by Suzanne McKay

 

Red Yellow Blue by Suzanne McKay

 

Lazy River by Suzanne McKay

 

Purple Sage by Suzanne McKay

 

Baby Black Butte by Suzanne McKay

 

Barn With a Rusty roof by Suzanne McKay

 

Cornfield and Maples by Suzanne McKay

 

High Sierra Afternoon by Suzanne McKay

 

High Sierras Dry Wash by Suzanne McKay

 

Mountains and Mist by Suzanne McKay

 

Waves and Rocks by Suzanne McKay

 

Mt. Tabor Contrasts by Suzanne McKay

 

Early Snow in Idaho by Suzanne McKay

 

Autumn in Aloha Oregon by Suzanne McKay

 

Fantasy Hills by Suzanne McKay

 

Black Butte by Suzanne McKay

 

Mountains and Field by Suzanne McKay

 

Mojave Memories by Suzanne McKay

 

Little White House on the Hill by Suzanne McKay

 

Colorful Old Friends by Suzanne McKay

 

Left Behind by Suzanne McKay

 

Haystack Rock Drama by Suzanne McKay

 

Moonlit Winter Desert by Suzanne McKay

 

California Dry River Bed by Suzanne McKay

 

Central Oregon Contrasts by Suzanne McKay

 

Dirt Road by Suzanne McKay

 

Back-Lit Tree at Washington Park by Suzanne McKay

 

Barn and Birds by Suzanne McKay

 

The Outhouse by Suzanne McKay

 

Impromptu Bouquet by Suzanne McKay

 

Mt. Tabor Trees by Suzanne McKay

 

Gone North by Suzanne McKay

 

Feelin' Blue in Troutdale by Suzanne McKay

 

Big Ocean Little Boy by Suzanne McKay

 

A River Ran Through It by Suzanne McKay