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www.suzannehullwilson.com

suzannehwilson@aol.com

Milestones

1954               Born in GainesvilleTX;  childhood in HoustonTX

1972               DentonTX;  DallasTX;  Studio CityCA;  Canoga ParkCA

1980               DallasTX;  HoustonTX

1988               GlendaleCA;  Oak ParkCA

1997               Tiburon, CA;  Mill ValleyCA

2003               San RamonCA

2012               San Jose, CA

 

Education

1976               BFA in Drawing and Painting; University of North TexasDentonTX
                        At a time when most art majors were painting in acrylics, I was fascinated by wet-on-wet 
                        watercolors and was the first at UNT to receive the majority of my painting credits in
                        watercolor
.

1999               Julie Cohen Watercolor Reflections course; College of MarinKentfieldCA                       

1999-2000      Nancy Johnson Watercolor courses; College of MarinKentfieldCA

2000                Julie Cohen Large Format Watercolors Workshop; College of Marin,KentfieldCA

2002                Greeting Card Business, College of MarinKentfieldCA

2005                Birgit O'Conner-Atmospheric Landscapes Workshop, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

2006                Mel Stabin 5-day Watercolor Workshop, Art in the Mountains, Bend, OR

 

Teaching

2001                Beginning Watercolor, Artisans, Mill ValleyCA

 

Juried Shows

2/2000            ‘SF Across the Bay’ (painted by candlelight); Night Vision show, Artisans,Mill ValleyCA

1/2002            ‘Hearts on Fire’ & ‘Yellow Freesia’; Miniature Masterpieces show, Artisans

6/2002            ‘Iceberg & Cecile Roses’ (Merit Award), Blossoms show, Artisans

9/2002            Mt. Tam’, Scenes of Mill Valley show, Artisans

11/2002          ‘Heirloom Tomatoes and Sunflowers’ & ‘Eggplant from the Vine’; Bon Appetite show,
                         Artisans, Mill Valley, CA

9/2003            'Red Sunflowers & Pears', 'Winter Whites,' & 'Donna's Daffodils'; Fall Show, 
                         
CWA Gallery, Blackhawk, CA

4/2006              'Two Iris' (1st place-water media) & 'Red Tulips & Promises of Spring' (Honorable Mention),
                         ADAS-Gala Spring Art ShowDanville Fine Arts Gallery, Danville, CA

10/2006            'Two Iris', California Watercolor Association, 38th Annual National Show, Academy of Art 
                         Univeristy, San Francisco, CA

4/2008              'Coral Tulips' and 'Copenhagen & Yellow Roses', ADAS-Spring Art Show, Pioneer Art Gallery,
                         Danville, CA

3/6-28/2010    'Pink Peonies: Romance & Prosperity' (Honorable Mention) and 'Daffodils & Cuties',
                         33rd Annual ADAS Spring Art Show; 
Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA         

7/14 to             'Pink Peonies: Romance & Prosperity', California Watercolor Association, 41st Annual
9/16/2010       National Exhibition, 

4/30 to             'White Dahlias' and 'Mandarins & Pears', 34th Annual ADAS Spring Art Show;                    5/1/2011          Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA

8/13 to             'Roses in the Window' and 'Farmers Market - Radishes, Leeks and Chard' which won 10/23/2011     the Artist Choice Award.   Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA

10/27 to           'Red Tulips & Cranberries' 'White Dahlias' and Pansies in Little Blue Vases.'                        1/8/2012          Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA

1/15 to              'Farmers Market - Radishes, Leeks and Chard' California Watercolor Association,                2/21/2015        45th Annual National Exhibition, Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center,                                                      Pleasanton, CA

 

Featured Shows

3/2001            Featured Artist; Vernal Equinox show, Artisans Gallery, Mill ValleyCA

9 &10/2009    Northern Light Gallery (2 woman show with my Mom, Jeannie M. Hull), Spring Lake
                         Village, Santa Rosa, CA

  

Group Exhibitions & Festivals

1999-2003          Artisans, Mill ValleyCA

5/2002            Marin Open Studios Gallery/Marin Arts Council, Corte MaderaCA

9/2000-02      Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Artisans Booth, Mill ValleyCA

10/2004         Art in the ParkDanvilleCA

9/2005           Open Studio, San Ramon, CA

9/2005           San Ramon Art Walk & Wine Festival, San Ramon, CA

6/2008           Open Studio Gala:  Danville Community Center   

6/2008           Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery, 'Red Tulips & Cranberries' and'Benjamin & Birthday
                       Tulips', San Ramon Community Center.   

6/2008           Open Studios of the San Ramon Valley, San Ramon Community Center.                 

10/2008         ArtWalk 2008, Livermore, CA   

5/2010           Art, Wine & Chocolate - Fundraiser to Benefit Camp Kadima, Pleasanton, CA

9/25/2010      Healdsburg Arts Festival, Historic Downtown Square, Healdsburg, CA

6/2001-2011 Marin Art Festival at the Lagoon, San Rafael, CA   

8/2004-2011 Art in the Garden; Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, Fort Bragg, CA 

6/2013           Marin Art Festival at the Lagoon, San Rafael, CA  

 

 Memberships

1999-2003          ArtisansMill ValleyCA – Exhibiting Member

2002               Artisans, President, Board of Directors (Board Member 2000-2003)

1999-2002     Marin Arts CouncilSan RafaelCA – Member

2000-2001     Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Committee – Member

2006-2007     Arts & Craft Cooperative Inc (ACCI Gallery), Berkeley, CA – Member

2008-2012     Livermore Art Association – Member

2008-2012     Alamo Danville Artists Society (ADAS) – Member

2001-present California Watercolor Association – Signature Member

2013-present  Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society - Member

 

Statement

Inspired by the beauty of shape and color found in nature, I naturally gravitate to a palate of pure, clean color to express myself.   I take the comment that my paintings are "happy" as a compliment, as I strive to find the joy in life, and happiness in simple pleasures.  I enjoy the time spent drawing as much as the time spent painting.  I've learned to take advantage of the impulsive qualities unique to watercolor.   I like to contrast uncontrolled wetness in confined spaces with dry control for detail.

In addition to painting, my other passion is gardening…and much like my enjoyment of each process of the painting, I love the digging, planting and pruning as much as the enjoyment of the fruits of my labor.  I can’t wait to pull off all the leaves of the Winter rose bush and wait for the first glorious roses of Spring in our yard full of rose bushes…so I can be inspired to start a new painting.  

As a third generation artist, appreciation of beauty and artistic expression has been a part of my entire life.  I graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 1976, but it took 23 years before I picked up another paintbrush—except to paint my walls. When my daughter left for college, I returned to art in 1999 to fill the void and rediscovered it was a very fulfilling passion.

My artist mother has been my mentor and champion since I was old enough to hold a paintbrush and today is the only person whose critique I take to heart.  My art is truly a family undertaking as my father makes my archival prints (Digitalworks13) and spends endless, patient hours on the computer to achieve the truest colors possible for my archival prints. 

I remarried in August 2012 and retired in April 2013 after 30 years in the corporate world. I'm now enjoying my new life as a wife, gardener, and full time artist!

 

 

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