“Juicy” by Susan Blackwood


“Juicy” by Susan Blackwood. Original still life painting. Oil on canvas, signed lower left.

Born in Chicago, Susan Blackwood come from six generations of artist.  Her family history has been dated back to Rembrandt’s parents.  Both of her own parents and two sisters are artist.  As for her formal education, she received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Norther Illinois University.  In 1982, Susan extended her watercolor studies with Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  She traveled and painted extensively, including three years in Pakistan where she maintained an active studio and had three solo exhibitions.  Her works are in the collections of American Express, the French Consulate of Lahore/Pakistan, Anheuser Bush, The Tucson Desert Museum and many others.

It was primarily through her limited edition reproductions, poster and cards that became popular in the late 1980’s that sold nationally and internationally that Blackwood first became well-known.  They have appeared in more than 2,000 galleries world-wide.  In 2010, Somerset Fine Art selected Blackwood to be a featured artist and began publishing giclees of her old paintings of children.  Since 1975, Blackwood has taught watercolors in colleges and workshops aroung the country, overseas in Pakistan, the Bahamas, Great Britain, France and Italy.  Susan has led painting holidays to Europe with her husband, oil painter Howard Friedland.  They both have been featured in the Master Painters of the World section of the International Artist Magazine.

After 32 years as a watercolorist, Susan switched to oil painting in 2003.  She now paints almost exclusively in oils.  Her oils have been heartily received by patrons, galleries and museum shows.  In 2010 she received Best of Show at the American Women Artists National Juried Show in Dallas, Texas.  In 2012 she was awarded Signature Membership in the prestigious organization Oil Painters of America.

Her work has been seen in Southwest Art Magazine, U.S. Art Magazine and Wildlife Art News.  A partial list of her publishers include the National Audubon Society, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance, the Big Brothers Association, National Riflemen’s Association, North Light Publishers, and Medici Society Ltd. of London.  Watercolor Magazine featured an article about Susan’s paintings in 1999.  Her originals have been exhibited in galleries in England and all over the U.S., in addition to both museum and corporate collections.

You can almost reach out and touch this perfectly ripe apple.  The moisture on the side gives prominence to the ripeness of the fruit.  The background is muted as the apple is forefront of Blackwood’s painting from 2003 when she made the switch to oils.  This painting has depth and detail.

A small piece that could be displayed on an easel.  It would fit in any decor and would be a valuable addition to your collection from this renown artist.

Framed size: 7 1/4″ wide x 9″ high