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Profile: Susan Lyon

Susan Lyon

Pastel drawing of a girl in a lace veil © Susan Lyon
Lace with Golden Light       WC and Pastel        23x17"

  Susan Lyon lives and maintains her studio in rural North Carolina with her husband, artist Scott Burdick (Members - see Voices of Experience - Scott Burdick). But Lyon's work reflects a much greater world and is inspired by the extensive travel she and Burdick have done. Her paintings are greatly influenced by the people she meets as she travels, their faces, their traditions and their cultures. Her painting trips and travels have included most of Europe, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Nepal, Thailand, China and Africa. She says, The excitement of traveling, seeing so many new sights, and incredible works in museums; combined with the challenge of painting on the spot make me a travel addict! Even before I go on a trip I'm planning the one after.

                           Oil painting of girl dancing, © Susan Lyon Dance of Light                        Oil                       12 x 16"

 
    Lyon grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She wrote to us about her first inspirations and her evolution as an artist. 

   I was first inspired to try art after seeing a PBS program on Georgia O’Keefe right before my senior year in high school. After that I signed up for Saturday classes at the Art Institute. Unfortunately, they were silly and I learned nothing about drawing or painting. My father knew a teacher at the American Academy of Art and signed me up for summer classes there right after I graduated from high school. I hadn’t been someone who drew or wanted to be an artist growing up. I had no self-confidence about that—I thought I would go into advertising. I knew I wanted to be creative, but didn’t know how I was going to do that.

           Oil painting of American Indian child, © Susan Lyon   Oil painting of Maasai child © Susan Lyon
                       Softly Singing   Oil   16 x 12"                     Shelter From the Wind    Oil     14 x 11"

Learn more about Susan Lyon's paintings in our in-depth interview.
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