Susan Avery Clark’s representational and often whimsical watercolors depict visually exciting subjects in her environment and are characterized by strong sunlight/shadow patterns and exaggerated color. Her pleasing domestic subjects, tranquil landscapes, bold florals and unique, lively animals, figures and portraits appeal to a wide audience. Clark is an award-winning artist with works in private collections nationwide and in Europe. Although Clark’s expertise is watercolor, she is proficient in many other art media and techniques. Her style has been strongly influenced by the brilliant use of color of Wayne Thiebaud and Fritz Scholder and the landscape and figure works of Gauguin, Degas and Cassatt.
Susan Clark currently resides in Escondido, California. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University and has been teaching art since 1973. She has taught students from age 3 to 90. Susan taught Adult Education art classes for 23 years, then middle and high school art in Vista, CA for 16 years. After retiring as a full-time classroom teacher in 2015 she has enjoyed going back to teaching classes in Painting and Drawing through Escondido Adult School.
“I love the transparent glow, fluidity and sometimes unexpected quality of watercolors. I see my paintings as an extension of my life; a public visual diary. In my environment, I am intrigued by organic shapes and subtle colors, which translate into the explosive colors of my palette. In my work, I utilize my strong drawing and design ability and enjoy the play of light on a subject. “
“As a painter, teacher, wife, mother, and now grandmother, I search for and relish moments of tranquility, yet paint them with energy and excitement. I am inspired by these quiet visual moments in my surroundings and the every day objects from my life. I love subjects in dramatic sunlight--children playing or talking, a cat basking on a rock, a flower from my garden, or the multi-colored glow of feathers on a bird. Painting is my passion and my peace.”
Collectors may contact Susan Avery Clark at (760) 747-8479 or