About Susan Colwell
Susan was born at
Camp LeJeune, NC, the eldest of three girls. After her father's stint in
the military as a Marine Captain, the family moved to Toledo, Ohio. Always
drawing, Susan was enrolled in classes at the Toledo Museum of Art at the
age of six. She had her first solo exhibition at a Toledo art gallery
while still a teenager.
Susan soon met and fell in love with her mother's next-door neighbor, Burge. They married. He had custody of his two children, Biff and Kimberly, and together they had Christopher. When Chris was just one, Susan became a co-founder of Gallery 12; however, her then abstract oil paintings were not well received, and she chose to focus on her family...most likely confidence, or lack thereof, was a factor. When Christopher went off to Furman University, Susan's painting exploded! She and Burge had moved to Awendaw and her studio overlooked the Wando River...the sun set in their backyard...it was an artist's paradise. "I could paint from this one spot...it is never the same,” she said. Life was good.
And then Burge died of a heart attack in December 2001. Life, as she knew it, collapsed. "I was committed to a show at Dock Street in February and later I was committed to one at Footlight Player's and somehow, all went as scheduled although I barely remember." It was a nightmare that never seemed to end and her painting became dark and moody, perhaps even morose. But, slowly, painting gave her the spark... it fulfilled her once again.
Then she met a man
who had a knowledge of art and an innate sense of her work. His critiques,
and the fact that he put little hearts in oil paint on the back of her
successful paintings, made her smile again. Susan's painting regained the
light and the subtle color for which she is known. After selling her home
in Awendaw, she lived for months on the Isle of Palms. While listening to
the ocean, watching the sunrise, and walking the dogs when the sun is
P.S. Look for the heart on the back of a painting.
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