Susan Corser, Painter
As an artist, I am traveling multiple paths in any given work. I work mostly with landscapes as they offer such a rich source of inspiration and evoke so many different moods. I am interested in expressing the subtle atmosphere inherent in the landscape at any given time or place, as well as the quiet power of place. I am also interested in how art in general and the landscape in particular can evoke both universal feelings and individual memories unique to each viewer. Having worked as a photographer, I am also very interested in the compositions created by abstract patterns in nature. I first look for variations in value to create my compositions, painting in darks and lights to provide structure and meaning. My paintings then gradually evolve as a series of layers, starting with a base layer of colorful washes and gradually defining the composition with each successive layer.
Susan Ernst Corser creates oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings, expressing the subtle variations in atmosphere and color of the landscape. Her work focuses on the essential nature of place and the evocative qualities of the landscape. She has been engaged in painting, drawing and photography for over 25 years, combining her interest in landscape painting with her work as a landscape designer/planner and her interest in land conservation. Susan has taken courses in art and photography at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Chicago Academy of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Colorado Mountain College and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Other art training includes workshops with oil painters Leanne Christie, Eric Aho, Joan Hoffman, Dan Young, and Quang Ho and with water color artists Susan Shatter and Jim Wisnowski. She also studied art history and painting at the Rome Campus of Trinity College. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Macalester College, a Masters degree in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design in Massachusetts and a Masters degree in Urban Design from the University of Washington in Seattle. Susan currently maintains a painting studio and community planning office in Denver, Colorado. She is a co-owner of the Pine Moon Fine Arts Gallery of Steamboat Springs and has paintings in private collections throughout the United States. She has also shown her paintings at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot in Steamboat Springs and at the Roundhouse Gallery in Vancouver, BC, as part of Artists in our Midst studio walk and annual exhibit.