SUSAN L. WHITEHOUSE
American Impressionist, Fine Portraiture
and Private Instruction
Susan L. Whitehouse, Biddeford Studio
© Mary Becker Weiss
Susan L. Whitehouse, an American Impressionist, paints in the tradition of the Boston School. This school of painting was pioneered by Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson, Joseph DeCamp and Philip Hale, among others (the "Ten"). These turn-of-the-century painters brought a fresh vision to their European training which fostered the pursuit of truth and beauty found in nature. The American group combined the French Impressionists' color sensitivity with the discipline of fine and accurate draftsmanship that may be traced back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century studios of Jacques Louis-David, Ingres and Gerome.
This French atelier (studio) tradition has been continued in the United States. The orderly progression of studies includes drawing extensively from plaster casts and figure drawing and continues with still life, landscape, portrait and figure painting. The artists are always working directly from life in order to capture a sense of light and a reverance for nature in their art.
Emphasis on accurately rendered form, sensitivity to beautiful line and true values, and an impressionistic delight in color and light mark Whitehouse's work. Serene vision and playfulness set the tones while attention to detail and technique complete each painting. She aspires always to maintain the high ideals established by this dedicated tradition.
At present Whitehouse is drawn to the complexities of fine still life painting. She constructs her designs with a subtle control that draws the viewer into and around her atmospheric and often whimsical pieces. Fine portraiture is also a favorite challenge. These renderings depict more than a mere likeness. Summers find her capturing coastal New England with a fresh vision. Ms. Whitehouse brings her traveling easel wherever she goes. Her views of Utah, Colorado, Mexico and Paris are vivid and personal.
© Susan L. Whitehouse
Whitehouse has created a series of oil paintings depicting the revival of model schooner races conducted yearly by the the lobstermen and local boat builders of Cape Porpoise, Maine, and another series documenting the building of a classic Herreshoff sloop. Recently she completed several paintings depicting her Polish heritage, many of which were shown at the Polish Consulate in New York City.
Whitehouse's original oil paintings of Matinicus Isle, located outside of Penobscot Bay beyond Monhegan Island, provide a rare glimpse of Matinicus, home to generations of Maine lobster fishermen.
Whitehouse shows her original oils, pastels and limited edition prints at her studio in the Lincoln Street Millworks in Biddeford, Maine. Her work can also be seen in Galleries at Morning Walk, Lower Village, Kennebunk, Maine.
Now scheduling for Plein Air Workshops and Full-Time Study for 2013-2014.
Studio by Appointment @ 22 Pearl Street, Biddeford
Mailing Address P O Box 7068, Ocean Park ME 04063