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Art Gallery Reception – Susan Bull Riley
November 16, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 16
5 – 8 pm
Please join us at North Branch Nature Center for an evening celebrating Susan Bull Riley’s inspirational oil and watercolor paintings. Refreshments and a warm fire will be available outside after touring the gallery and meeting the artist. Masks will be required indoors.
50% of artwork sales will support North Branch Nature Center in its mission of Connecting People with the Natural World.
About the Exhibit:
The exhibit is comprised of three large oil paintings and thirty-two watercolors. Subject matter ranges from landscapes to intimate studies of plants and birds. These paintings reflect Susan’s desire to translate the intensity of her feelings for the natural world into images that speak to others.
About Susan Bull Riley:
To paraphrase Anais Nin’s words: but substituting “paint” for “write”:
“I paint to heighten my own awareness of life. I paint to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”
I don’t seek out my subject matter; it comes to me, relentlessly, from the exquisite delicacy of a feather to a landscape that leads the eye miles across Vermont’s hills. Light, the ultimate designer, amplifies the beauty of everything I see.
Sometimes it’s easier to use watercolors to communicate what I need to say, and sometimes oils work better. I am still trying to decide if I prefer one medium over the other, but at least it’s clear that for most of the subject matter in this exhibit, watercolor is my preferred medium because of the ease of rendering detail and its capacity for both translucency and opacity.
My academic training was entirely in music performance and education rather than art, but that which was most private and meaningful — drawing and painting on my own since early childhood— became my primary professional life 25 years ago and I have never looked back.
I live and work in a renovated schoolhouse with my husband, the musician Richard Riley. It is a source of pleasure that our two grown daughters and their children share our feelings about the natural world we live in.
Visit Susan’s website: susanbullriley.com
Susan’s exhibit is on display at NBNC until the end of December 2021.