Name: Susan E. Roden
Bio: Susan Roden’s journey to create has been long and interrupted. In 1970 Susan had to abandon her art education in Cleveland, Ohio and had to wait nineteen years until she was afforded an opportunity in 1989 to take up where she left off. With a degree in visual communications from Houston Institute of Art, Susan worked as an editorial graphic artist in Texas and New Mexico. Simultaneously she established a studio for fine art and explored pastel techniques. She entered her paintings in national juried shows to validate her credibility after such a lengthy hiatus. With a move in 1998 to San Diego, California, where she still lives, Susan devoted herself exclusively to fine art.
Success has crowned Susan’s determination. She has participated in over 100 juried and invitational shows and won numerous awards, including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's Medal of Honor in 1994 and a Merit Award at the Pastel Journal's Third Annual Pastel 100 in 2002 - the same year her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Artist International Magazine with an accompanying article on her technique.
Susan is a member of the California Art Club and the Pastel Society of New Mexico with juried membership into Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, and the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego, CA.
Medium: Pastel, Gold leaf;
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative, Still Life. Susan likes to add drama or symbolism to her compositiona. She may do this by an unusual or close-up aspect, complementary colours or accents, variations on a theme, high contrast or saturation, or varying the pastel application.
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Gallery: Still Life; Seascapes; Landscapes; Figurative.
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