After receiving my BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, I moved to New York City. There I furthered my studies in art. While I worked as a patina artist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in various commercial art related jobs, I began to study figure drawing at the New York Academy of Art. My study of realism led me to the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, where I began to use oils. A merit scholarship from the Art Students League enabled me to continue to study for one year. After 13 years in New York, I headed west, and received my MFA in Painting from the University of Montana in 1997. My fruit, portrait, landscape, and still life series have been shown in invitational shows and gallery settings across the country, and have received numerous awards. My work has appeared on the cover of the book, “The Baby Can Sing,” by Judith Slater, and the periodicals ArtCalendar Magazine and Menninger Perspective. I have also had editorial illustrations published in Menninger Perspective, Calyx and Cutbank. Generous residency fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, New York Mills Art Retreat, and Blue Mountain Center have greatly aided in the development of my painting.
My landscape paintings are represented by the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon. Currently, my work may also be seen at the Cerulean Skies Tasting Room in Hood River, Oregon. Commissions are encouraged, and giclees on canvas and paper are available of all images. My studio in Portland is open by appointment to visitors and for private tutoring. A list of classes I teach is available upon request. Visit her online: www.suzykitman.com; facebook.com/suzykitman; twitter@suzypaints
Crazy Jane Collaborates, 2012