Susan Wilder

Trompe L’oeil Acrylic Paint on Cut Our Birch Plywood.

Lobster Boat II

Lobster Boat II

Scallop Boat

Scallop Boat

Pea Pod

Pea Pod

Haiku

Haiku

Dock Tender

Dock Tender

Artist Susan Wilder Tender Trompe L'oeil

Tender

Artist Susan Wilder Long Blue Trompe L'oeil

Long Blue

Artist Susan Wilder the Yellow BoatTrompe L'oeil

The Yellow Boat

Artist Susan Wilder trompe l'oeill Lobster Boat

Lobster Boat

 

S U S A N   W I L D E R

Susan Wilder was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. She received her BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and went on to study Surface Design (Textile) at UCLA and completed a certificate in Scientific Illustration from California State University, Long Beach, California.

Her love of drawing has stayed the focal point of her work. She has taught extensively at the college level as well as informal workshops in both California and New England and is currently a faculty member and Dean at Heartwood College of Art in Biddeford, Maine.

“My practice embraces both abstract and representational styles, and includes a love of avian and botanical forms as well as a fascination for the regularity in pattern and ornamentation. Birds are a given, a magnificent reminder to live daily, both on the ground and in the air. Micro views of all living forms, Islamic geometry and even the dovetailing repetition in old wooden boats all highlight a perceptual sensitively to pattern recognition in my work. Connections solve puzzles…Coracle, Areole, Enso…We all live in a round world. Why not draw it?”

“It is as if in the predawn, before the light begins to lift edges into being, I am trying maybe, to paint holiness.” (John Updike)

EDUCATION

  • 1985 University of California, Los Angeles Surface Design (Textile)
  • 1980-82 California State Univ., Long Beach, Certificate/Scientific Illustration
  • 1969-73 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, BFA-Drawing

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 2004 to present – Dean of Admissions, Heartwood College of Art
    • Adjunct Professor in Drawing and Painting
    • Executive Assistant to the President
  • 2006-Present Partner in LLC, Wholly Crow Gallery, Kennebunk, ME
  • 1989 – 2004: Assistant Director –L.A. GOAL, Culver City, CA
  • Art Director, L.A. GOAL, Culver City, CA
  • Visual Art Director for Inside Out Productions and L.A. GOAL, a commercial art studio for artists with developmental Disabilities
    • Art Exhibition Curator
    • Instructor in Drawing and Painting
  • 2004 to present: Exhibiting Artist Represented by The Wright Gallery, Cape Porpoise, Maine
  • 1975-1978 Assistant Director/Faculty Newport Art Association School, Newport, RI Arts Administrator, Instructor in Drawing and Painting.

PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATIONS

  • “Bailey’s Textbook of Histology” 18th Edition 1982 (2 medical drawings)
  • “A Romance of the Hands ~ A Palmestry Handbook” 1992 (All Illustrations)
  • “Disabled Fables” ~ Art Director 2004 Publisher: Starbright Books

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009 Center for Maine Craft, West Gardiner, ME – “Pared Up, Paired Down”
  • 2008 Kennebunk Free Library – “Winter Into Spring” (solo)
  • 2006-9 The Kennebunk River Club, Kennebunkport, ME
    • 2006 Patron’s Prize
  • 2006-7 The Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT  – “Mystic International” (juried)
  • River Tree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk – “Prelude to Spring”
  • L.A. GOAL, Culver City, CA – “Friends of LA GOAL”
  • Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk, ME  – “Speak to the Color” (Faculty)
  • “Size Doesn’t Matter” Juried
  • “The Boat” Juried
  • 2005 Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk, ME “WATERLOGUES” Solo
  • 2001-3 TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA,
  • “SAFE HARBOR” Solo
  • “LIFEBOATS, a deconstruction” Solo
  • “AGAINST THE CURRENT” Solo
  • 2000 Electric lodge, Venice CA “10 MILES IN” Solo
  • 1997 Zeitgist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee” Raise the Roof”
  • 1995 Harding Academy, Nashville, Tennessee” The Harding Show 1995″
  • 1992 Municipal Gallery, Burbank 17th Annual Multi-Media Juried Show”
  • Finegood Art Gallery, West Hills, CA “Emerging Perspectives/California Artists”
  • 1990-1 Branstetter Gallery, Loma Linda University, Riverside “issue: Earth”
  • Lasorda Iri Gallery, CA “Inhabited Ruins-The Cave Drawings” Solo
  • “Not Your Usual landscape Show”
  • Long beach Art Association CA “Seven Western States”
  • 1986 Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, CA, “The Magical Mystery Tour”
  • 1984 The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, “Botanical Illustration-1984”
  • 1976-8 Wadsworth Museum, Hartford, CT “Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts-Annual
  • Fall River Art Association Fall River, “Traditional Drawing”
  • Newport Art Association Newport RI “”64th Annual” Patrons Prize
  • Provincetown Art Association MA “2nd Annual Graphics”