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Susan Shaffer

Susan Shaffer

Greencastle, PA 17225

As a teacher I hope to share my passion, inspire my students, and mentor them in developing their skills as artists. Most of all, I want my students to enjoy the gratifying and meditative process of creating art.

As an artist I want to portray paintings that stir emotion in the viewer. I continue to explore watercolors as my primary medium however I enjoy exploring new mediums, to satisfy curiosities and create new styles of art. I also enjoy bending the rules of art to explore if I can make a new form of art doing exactly what I've been told will not work.

Creating art is one of the most gratifying processes of my life. I love to paint high contrasts of lights and darks, creating intense drama with vivid and bold colors. Some of my favorite things to paint are life's simple pleasures. I draw inspiration from my farm nestled in rural south-central Pennsylvania. I enjoy the challenge of watercolor as a medium, painting birds, chickens, flowers, sunsets, sunrises, pets, and wildlife.

Over the past several years I have found creating art with mediums less easy to control very exciting, such as Batik techniques on Silk and Ginwashi rice paper, Intuitive Expressive art, wet cyanotype, and eco-printing to name a few. I work in many mediums, watercolors, acrylics, oils, collage, Batik, enjoying them all! Watercolor has been by far the most challenging medium to work in; I can't control the many factors that affect the drying time, and how the paint reacts with the water and paper. The water sometimes has a mind of its own! I continue to be drawn to watercolor and find the end results truly rewarding. I'm thrilled to share my passion with you and hope you enjoy my work.

I am extremely grateful to God for bringing art into my life. I draw fulfillment through teaching and creating art.


Supported in part by:

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.

The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.