Sue Charles


Susan Brewster Charles b.1959

BFA Painting, Boston University 1981

Bio & Statement

My home turf, the northeast coast of the Atlantic, is the subject of my work. I have a BFA in painting from BU’s College of Fine Arts, where teachers taught, with an old world approach much like trade school, the technical skills of a fine artist. Charles Warren Eaton, William Merritt Chase, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Fairfield Porter and Wolf Kahn are favorite artists whose art has taught me many things: A painting exists on many levels. It depicts light and space with a two dimensional pattern of color shapes, and it expresses ideas and emotions: it is thought made visible. Finding the intersection between these ways of perceiving is my goal. Sweeps of space set off by curious shapes, light and air connecting everything and the mute profundity of nature all interest me greatly. A good painting contains only the essentials and it stays with you like a hummable melody. I aim for that.


The smaller oils are painted outside (en plein air) in one session (alla prima). Larger pieces are done in the studio using reference materials.

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