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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.

 

Rio Azul by Suzanne McKay

 

Let's Move In by Suzanne McKay

 

The Joshua Gathering by Suzanne McKay

 

Tyghe Valley Twins by Suzanne McKay

 

Geraniums and Friends by Suzanne McKay

 

Goose Goose by Suzanne McKay

 

A Borrowed View by Suzanne McKay

 

Celebrate by Suzanne McKay

 

Autumn Zen by Suzanne McKay

 

First Snow by Suzanne McKay

 

Fall Leaves and Puddle by Suzanne McKay

 

Cheers by Suzanne McKay

 

The Good The Bad and The Ugly by Suzanne McKay

 

Sun Through the Sequoias by Suzanne McKay

 

Her Highness by Suzanne McKay

 

Struttin by Suzanne McKay

 

Boarded Up by Suzanne McKay

 

Red and Gray by Suzanne McKay

 

Peek-A-Boo by Suzanne McKay

 

Gnarly by Suzanne McKay

 

Through a Glass Darkly by Suzanne McKay

 

Keep Out by Suzanne McKay

 

Strange Bedfellows by Suzanne McKay

 

Windblown Grasses by Suzanne McKay

 

White On White by Suzanne McKay

 

Give Me Liberty by Suzanne McKay

 

New Life For Old Stump by Suzanne McKay

 

The Dance by Suzanne McKay

 

Old Tree Trunk by Suzanne McKay

 

Pretty Ladies All in a Row by Suzanne McKay

 

Love Crows by Suzanne McKay

 

Beauty of a Dumpster II by Suzanne McKay

 

My Airstream Dream by Suzanne McKay

 

Eagle Creek Afternoon by Suzanne McKay

 

Big Red Barn Door by Suzanne McKay

 

View To A Power Line by Suzanne McKay

 

Redneck Stonehenge by Suzanne McKay

 

Red Metal Chair by Suzanne McKay

 

Cherry Pie Ala Mode by Suzanne McKay

 

Welcome by Suzanne McKay

 

Beauty of a Dumpster by Suzanne McKay

 

Vintage Door Hardware by Suzanne McKay

 

Abstract Desert Plateau by Suzanne McKay

 

Unhinged by Suzanne McKay

 

Refinishers Floor IV by Suzanne McKay

 

Frances Garden by Suzanne McKay

 

Refinishers Floor V by Suzanne McKay

 

Sun and Shadows by Suzanne McKay