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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.

 

Refinishers Floor III by Suzanne McKay

 

Contemplating Cat by Suzanne McKay

 

Hazy Meadow Abstract by Suzanne McKay

 

Refinishers Floor II by Suzanne McKay

 

Refinishers Floor by Suzanne McKay

 

Nice Junk by Suzanne McKay

 

Retirement by Suzanne McKay

 

International by Suzanne McKay

 

Deer Trail by Suzanne McKay

 

California Vineyard by Suzanne McKay

 

Abstract In Snow by Suzanne McKay

 

Intruders by Suzanne McKay

 

Leaning Barn of Honefoss by Suzanne McKay

 

More Rust and Graffiti by Suzanne McKay

 

Rust and Graffiti by Suzanne McKay

 

Portlandia by Suzanne McKay

 

Begin by Suzanne McKay

 

Barn in Demise by Suzanne McKay

 

Over New Jersey At Night by Suzanne McKay

 

Early Morning In Norway by Suzanne McKay

 

Through a Glass abstractly by Suzanne McKay

 

Woven Glass by Suzanne McKay

 

Abstract of Rock by Suzanne McKay

 

Pretty In Pink by Suzanne McKay

 

Rocks and Shadows by Suzanne McKay

 

Lichen on a Roof by Suzanne McKay

 

Field and Farm by Suzanne McKay

 

Mulberry in Fall by Suzanne McKay

 

Oxidized Chocolate Bar by Suzanne McKay

 

Snow White and Friends by Suzanne McKay

 

Fall and Fog by Suzanne McKay

 

Willamette Falls Oregon by Suzanne McKay

 

Three Clouds Three Geese by Suzanne McKay

 

Old Tree In Sun Light by Suzanne McKay

 

Pigeons And Shadows by Suzanne McKay

 

Playing Hard To Get by Suzanne McKay

 

You Forgot My Fries by Suzanne McKay

 

Au Natural by Suzanne McKay

 

Umbrella Tree in Fall by Suzanne McKay

 

Lattice Smell The Roses by Suzanne McKay

 

Blue And Gray by Suzanne McKay

 

Clinging Vine by Suzanne McKay

 

Holiday Pie by Suzanne McKay

 

Seagulls At The Sand Bar by Suzanne McKay

 

Seagulls On The Willamette River by Suzanne McKay

 

Monolith and Reflection by Suzanne McKay

 

The Manifestation by Suzanne McKay

 

Tire And Ice by Suzanne McKay