Suzanne Binnie

Biography

Suzanne was brought up in Pennsylvania in a family where art was very important – her mother and two sisters are accomplished artists in watercolors or pastels.

Suzanne was educated at Penn State University and Tyler School of Art where she studied Art, Design and Art History, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art. Suzanne also studied with prominent artists such as Janet Walsh (floral painting), Tom Lynch and Stephen Quiller (landscapes), Margaret Huddy (color theory), and Susan Abbott (design theory).

Suzanne gained inspiration from the classical artists she studied, especially Miró, Klee and Van Gogh, Diebenkorn and also admires the work of nationally recognized artists Barbara Nechis, Betsy Dillard Stroud and John Salminen.

Watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media are her mediums and her style ranges from realistic to contemporary with subjects mainly drawn from nature.

Suzanne combines her realism with elements of design for she believes “a painting is only as good as its design”. Subject matter is secondary to the medium for Suzanne, as she loves painting any subject. For her, the act of creating a painting may have surprising and interesting results as the picture evolves under her brushes. Her understanding of color theory is acute and she uses it to produce subtle variations in mood and with a limited palette she can produce harmonious results.

Although many of Suzanne’s works are classical watercolor pieces since moving to the Amelia Island area her acrylic works are reflecting the closeness to the beach. She bases her paintings on reality but her excellent design theory allows her to produce attractive, but ambiguous pictorial arrangements that tease and please the eye. Her technique of using only triadic primary palettes always results in harmonious watercolor pictures that have Suzanne’s characteristic pristine appearance.

Suzanne began her teaching career in Sterling, Virginia with Art Smart, teaching children in after school programs from 1991 to 1992. Suzanne also taught in summer programs at the Herndon Art Gallery with Lassie Corbett from 1991 thru 1995. From 1994 she taught beginner and intermediate adult classes in her studio in Virginia. From 2006 to 2015 while living in New Hampshire Suzanne painted and taught in her home studio in Hollis. Suzanne’s paintings have been shown in numerous galleries in New Hampshire and Virginia and recently at a juried show with the Amelia Island Art Association.

In 2013 Suzanne was introduced to the then new art-form Zentangle and was immediately attracted to it and loves the way it combines art and meditation. She is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher, registered to practice in New Hampshire, Virginia and Florida.

Statement

“Art is a journey in self-expression. We all see things differently and I hope to convey my perceptions through my paintings. Painting is a challenging experience and although I have been painting since childhood it continues to fascinate me.”

“Art is problem solving applied to combining shapes, colors, textures and hues in stimulating and interesting ways to produce pleasing and satisfying images.”

“I enjoy teaching immensely as I derive great satisfaction and pleasure from empowering others to find the same joy as I do in painting. Teaching has also helped my own problem solving ability and has enabled me to continually improve my design and painting techniques.”

Selected Exhibitions & Shows

Herndon Art Gallery, Virginia, private shows 1992, 1993
Reston Community Center, Virginia, Summer Show,1994
The Vienna Art Society Gallery, Vienna, VA, ongoing public gallery exhibition, 1996 to 2006
The Vienna Art Society, Treasury of Art (TART) Show, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
The Pittenweem Art Festival, Fife, Scotland, August 2003, August 2005
Private Collector Show, Centreville, VA, April 2004
Hollis Art Society Shows, Hollis, NH, ongoing from 2007 to 2015
St Joseph Hospital Art Outreach Program, Nashua, NH, Spring 2011, 2012
The Nashua Public Library, Nashua, NH, Summer Show, 2012
The Island Art Association, Amelia Island, FL, March, 2017

Gallery Affiliations

The Island Art Association, Amelia Island, FL, present
NOA Gallery, 113 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450, from 2007
Wild Salamander Art Gallery & School, Ash St., Hollis, NH, from 2013

Memberships of Societies

The Hollis Arts Society, Hollis, NH
The Vienna Art Society, Vienna, Virginia

Awards

Scholastic Art Awards, Certificate of Merit, Western PA Regional Exhibition, June, 1966
Reston Community Center, Third Place, April 1994
League of Reston Artists, Spring Show, Second Place, April 1994
US Geological Survey, Fine Art Show, Third Place, August 1995
League of Reston Artists, Spring Show, Honorable Mention, April 1995
League of Reston Artists, Annual Show, Third Place, August 1995
League of Reston Artists, Fine Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention, June 1996
Callao Art Show, Northern Neck, Virginia, Best in Show, August 1997
E.W. Poore’s Juried Show, Manchester, NH, Best in Show, April 2007
Gallery One Juried Show, Nashua, NH, Second Place in Show, June 2007
The Island Art Association, Amelia Island, FL, March Show, Honorable Mention, 2017