Susan Brewster Charles b.1959

BFA Painting Boston University 1981

My home, the northeast coast of the Atlantic is my subject. Wanting to draw well, I went to BUs College of Fine Arts, where teachers taught observation skills and the tools of the trade. Bruegel, Klimt, Inness, Porter, Thomson, Khan and Welliver are favorite artists. Paintings exist in many dimensions at once. They depict three dimensions of light and space with two dimensions of flat color, they hold the fourth dimension of time in their marks and they express metaphysical thoughts and emotions. I like all painters, try to find the intersection between these ways of perceiving. Light and air connecting everything, the quiet, ever-present profundity of nature, that is the subject. A good painting contains only the essentials and stays with you like a hummable melody. I aim for that.

2015 - present Alpers Gallery, Andover, MA
2012 - present Powers Gallery, Acton MA
2009 - present Islesford Artists Gallery, Islesford (Little Cranberry Island) ME
2004 - present South Street Gallery, Hingham, MA

2018 Artist-in- Residence, Acadia National Park
2017 First Place Oil Painting, Newburyport Art Association
2016 First Place Oil Painting, Newburyport Art Association, Karen Haas, Curator, MFA
2014  Newburyport Art Association, Peter Alpers, Juror
2010 Philip Shumaker Marine Award -Hudson Valley Art Association, National Arts Club, Nelson Shanks Juror
2010 North River Arts Society, Stapleton Kearnes, Juror
2010  North River Arts Society, Joseph McGurl, Juror
2007 First Place Oil - North River Arts Society
2006 North River Arts Society  Marcia Vose, Juror
2009 Regan Composition Award - North River Arts Society
2007 Koopman -Wyman Faculty Award - South Shore Art Center
2005 Award of Excellence - North River Arts Society
2002 Honorable Mention - North River Arts Society

Notable Collections
Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr
Graham Gund
Allison Whipple Rockefeller
Sydney Roberts Rockefeller
Martha Stewart
Thomas Hughes, Designer original Apple© logo
Tory and Thomas Vallely

Solo, Invitational & Select Juried Exhibits
2016 Theory Of Shiny Things, Solo exhibit, South Street Gallery
2016  Ogonquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
2015 The Art of Teaching - Newburyport Art Association
2015 Big Works - Newburyport Art Association
2015 Winter Juried Show - Newburyport Art Association
2009 Northeast Landscapes - Dolphin Gallery
2009 Watershed - South Shore Art Center
2009 Plein Air Paintings - Duxbury Art Complex Museum
2007 New Paintings - Palmer Gallery
2007 Major/Minor - South Shore Art Center
2006, 2008 Selected Finalist - North River Arts Society Calendar
2005 New Paintings - South Street Gallery
2005 New Work - South Shore Art Center
2004 Under the Open Sky - James Library Gallery
2001 to 2014 - North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts, Juried Show

2015 - present Instructor, Advanced Oil Painting Newburyport Art Association, Byfield Community Arts Center
2002 - 2015, Instructor, Advanced Oil Painting North River Arts Society
2006 - 2013, Member Arts Committee, North River Arts Society
2010 Juror, Weymouth Art Association Annual Members Exhibit
2009 Juror, Kingston Art Association Annual Members Exhibit
2008 Juror, Scituate Art Association annual Members Exhibit
2007 Curator, DarkLight, Invitational Exhibit, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra & North River Arts Society