Artist Bio

My artistic journey began 10 years ago at First Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix.  It was my first time there.  The amount of artwork and the number of galleries in the downtown area was stunning.  The enthusiasm, of both viewers and artists for this event, inspired me.  Walking along, I remembered a desire from a long time ago to try painting with oil paints “someday”!

Apparently, “someday” had arrived.  I began to experiment with drawings, acrylic paints, brushes, photographs and one very handy website on the Internet, called “Wet Canvas”.

Wet Canvas introduced me to artists and their artwork from all over the world!  They welcomed “newbie” artists and put up tutorials, answered all kinds of questions that usually started with “How do I do …?”  Sooner than I ever dreamed possible, I was painting.

If I have developed a “style” after 10 years, I would call it “Painterly Realism”.  Realism, in that I strive to represent form in perspective and tone.  Painterly, in that it is not the photographic qualities I seek, but the interpretation of what I see.

I revel in painting portraiture, still life and Plein Air (outdoor) painting.  The love of my subjects is what keeps my process fresh for me.

My fondest hope is that, you, my viewer, feel a part of the motivation and passion that brought me to the easel to paint that moment on canvas.

Tempe Town Lake Plein Air

This afternoon I showed up at Tempe Town Lake Park with all my plein air gear and found a gazebo to set up by. The temps have dipped to double digits and there was a stiff breeze blowing through the park. Could not have asked for better weather. A few passer bys observed me painting and stopped to chat briefly. Everyone shared encouraging critiques and seemed pleased to find a painter in their midst. All in all, what a wonderful day I had in the valley of the fun…er… sun!

Tempe Town Lake Plein Air Painting

Here is the finished 8×10 plein air of Tempe Town Lake. I finished up as the sun’s long rays were beginning to lose their luster and the sun was beginning to plummet behind the mountain tops in the west. Thatms agood time to stop fiddling and call it a day. Hope you enjoy the painting. I really enjoyed doing it in comfortable temperatures in the middle of the Valley!


Hello!  My name is Susan Gupton and today, I am opening a portal into my world of painting!  I work with, primarily, oil on canvas.  I love still life, portraits and plein air for subject matter.  I would classify my work as painterly realism.  Painting has a certain “zen” for me.  It is challenging, enlightening and brings colors to the canvas I had not noticed in the actual subject.  When I look at one of my finished paintings, I always remember the journey and what I learned by taking that first step.  I hope I can share these steps with you!  Art is not always how an artist interprets a subject.  It is, more importantly, how the artist’s work speaks to a viewer!