Susan Fernholz was born and raised in Michigan and came to Painting later in life. Art was always waiting for her.

Following  a career as a Registered Nurse, she decided to return to college and received a Bachelors Degree in 2-dimensional Art from Central Michigan University in 2004. She won The Student Annual Juried Exhibition Alumni Studio award that year also.

She paints representational in oil, pastel or acrylic and  enjoys all genres but especially “ Plein Aire.” She travels in summer to attend Plein air events in Michigan and, is planning on painting in Italy in May 2016.

Attempting to catch a “moment in time”, a mood or feeling, the light, mystery etc. in her subjects is a challenge welcomed and hopefully felt by her audience. She has been told that her paintings “speak” to them.

In her studio, Artemisias Gallery in St. Johns MI, she teaches art classes in painting.   

Roger Dale Brown, Albert Handel, and Ken Cadwallader are a few of the current day Masters whom she has studied under. Her past influences in history have been John Carlson, Edgar Payne, Mary Cassatt. She finds current day Richard Schmids’ work awe-inspiring.

She has won awards for her paintings and the latest was Best of Show at Great Lakes Plein air Exhibition at  Secunda Gallery in Howell Mi. Her paintings are displayed in public and private collections.  

She is a member of The Saginaw Art Museum, Glen Arbor Art Association, Shiawasse Arts Association,  Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association, Clinton County Arts Association.

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