Susan Blackwood, OPA
Susan Blackwood comes from six generations of artists and was born in Chicago. Her family history has been dated back to Rembrandt's parents. Both of her own parents and her two sisters are artists. As for her formal education, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. In 1982 Susan extended her watercolor studies with Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She has traveled and painted extensively, including three years in Pakistan where she maintained an active studio and had three solo exhibitions. Her works are in the collections of American Express, the French Consulate of Lahore / Pakistan, Anheuser Bush, the Tucson Desert Museum and many others. After 32 years as a watercolorist, Susan switched to oil painting in 2003. She now paints almost exclusively in oils. Her oils have been heartily received by patrons, galleries and museum shows. In 2010 she received Best of Show at the American Women Artists National Juried Show in Dallas, Texas. In 2012 she was awarded SignatureMembership in the prestegious organizationsOil Painters of America .