- Community of Residence: Wayland
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.susanschneiderart.com
- Phone: 617-429-7398
- Artist Biography: It was the amazing Torah Study Sessions on Shabbos mornings led by our erudite Rabbis that brought me to TBZ in 2006. And ever since then, I consider TBZ my special place of inspiration for my Judiasim.
My fascination with painting began while observing artists in Central Park and along the East River in
New York City when I was a child. When I was seven, my grandfather took me to a toy store in the Bronx
where without hesitation I selected a set of six bottles of tempera paints. I then was able to follow Sandy
Becker ‘s drawing lessons during his children’s shows. During the summer after my freshman year at NYU
I enrolled in a welding class at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. (I was amused to be studying art at the very
college at which my Dad had gotten his BS in Chemical Engineering)!
Another lifelong passion of trying to understand 'why' evolved into obtaining an MA in Counseling and an
Ed.D in Research and Statistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. My initial research looked at
the underlying variables, particularly the self-awareness of different mental-aged children and teens
in relation to their decisions for what to select for studying. Over time and after moving to MA, I work-
ed with teams such as the MA Behavioral Health Partnership and the MA Organization for Addiction
Recovery to bring together state legislators, community leaders, service providers and individuals
and families to bridge the gap between research and community services.
I also applied my research skills to the field of retail banking. While at Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC, I
helped with the conceptualiztion of one of the first home banking products. And I was a project director
at Decision Research Associates with clients such as Best Foods, Citibank, AJ Reynolds and RH Donnelly.
After moving to MA, I continued to work in retail banking at Shawmet Bank and later when my children
were young at the Bank of Boston. While my children were in school, I began taking drawing and painting
classes with some of the most wonderful teachers of that era. They included: Ruth Kates, Betty Edwards,
Bill Commerford, David Curtis, Robert Douglas Hunter, Margorie Portnow, George Nick, Janet Fish and
Charlotte Wharton. They have been wonderful role models for me. I derive great joy in teaching all ages:
from elementary age children through adults.
I have exhibited in juried, group and solo shows throughout the local region earning Best in Show and
numerous other awards. My work is in private and corporate collections.
- Artist Statement: I am inspired by the beauty of our natural world. Through painting, the scene before me becomes a part of me. Using a brush or painting knife, I can virtually dance over the canvas. By painting I can experience and communicate the character of a place in a unique moment in time. Time seems to stand still because every moment is filled with observation and painting decisions. I am captivated by the effects of different light conditions so when possible, I will return to the same location many times. Often, when I arrive at a location, I know immediately what I am going to paint. At times, I need to walk around and sketch until I discover an aesthetic that speaks to me.
When it is not possible to paint on site or “en plein air,” I will use sketches, color notes and photographic
references to compose a studio painting. During painting, I try to re-imagine the essence of my original
experience. I find that the time to reflect brings a different aspect of consciousness to my studio paintings.