Plein air painting, a form of representational art executed on location, requires a keen sense of memory and focus. The painter continually struggles to remain true to the artistic vision that first captured her eye as daylight moves quickly across the scene. Being on location fosters intimacy, and by capturing some truth of a place and time in my art, I hope to convey to others my love and respect for our natural world.
With a push to improve my work through daily effort, in 2013, I completed a nine- month 2013 Plein Air Odyssey-painting my way from Arizona to Alaska and back. Each day, I found fantastic subjects as my husband and I rolled along in our RV! My goal was also to connect with artists along the way. What better way to improve my work and to find picturesque spots than painting en masse with local experts? This summer, I lead a small group of painters on our 2nd Plein Air Odyssey through the Maine and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Quebec.
I began formal art training at the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2002, where I discovered a passion for oil painting and representational art-particularly in the plein air format-as I continued classes through 2006. Since then, I’ve participated in many short, intense workshops with highly regarded plein air painters.
I am one of the charter members of Ohio Plein Air Society and currently on the Board of Trustees. I am also a member of Oil Painters of America, Adirondack Mountain Painters, Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and the American Impressionists Society.
– Susi Havens – Bezaire