About the Artist

Susan Ogilvie - Biography


Painting, for me, is all about exploration and discovery.

What piques my interest initially are the shapes. When I'm outside with my sketchbook, I play with the shapes of things...an opportunity to think compositionally in black and white. All of my paintings begin this way, in pencil or ink. The ideas about color, narrative, and expressing a sense of the place, unfold as the painting's structure develops in my sketchbook.

Back in the studio, using these value/composition studies, I begin the next painting adventure. As the shapes and values develop, the painting's sense of color relationships begins to emerge. Local color is considered, but defining a cohesive and appropriate color relationship within the painting is of more importance to me.

The process is about listening, letting go, learning something new, and enjoying the ride.


b. 1950. Los Angeles, CA


Howard Mandville Gallery. Kirkland, WA.
Kimzey Miller Gallery. Seattle, WA.
The Attic Gallery. Portland, OR.
Gaskill Olson Gallery. Langley, WA.
Scott Milo Gallery. Anacortes, WA.
Freed Gallery. Lincoln City, OR.
Sutton West Gallery. Missoula, MT.
Lawrence Gallery. Sheridan, OR.
Childers Proctor Gallery. Langley, WA.
Orlosky Gallery. Sedona, AZ.
Joan Cawley Gallery. Scottsdale, AZ.
Brushworks Gallery. San Diego, CA.

Pastel Society of America. NYC. Signature member since 1991.

Christidis Lauster Radu, Architects. New York, NY.
E.C. May & Company. Alexandria, VA.
State of Washington. Department of the Military.
Marriott Corp. Scottsdale, AZ.
First Interstate Bank of Missoula. Missoula, MT.
Susman Godfrey, L.L.P. Seattle, WA.

Sausalito Art Festival. Sausalito, CA.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Denver, CO.
Old Town Art Fair. Chicago, IL.
Pastel Society of America Annual Open. New York, NY.
Pastel Society of the West Coast International Open. Roseville, CA.
Pastel Society of Oregon National Show. Coos Bay, OR.
Pastel Society of the Southwest National Show. Irving, TX.

The Pastel Journal's 9th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. 2008. Juror of awards for Landscapes.
The Pastel Journal. April 2007. "Pastel 100 Award Winners."
The Artist's Magazine. 2007 Calendar.
The Pastel Journal. August 2006. Editor's Letters.
Pure Color: The Best of Pastel. 2006. North Light Books.
The Pastel Journal. February 2006. Feature article.
The Artist's Magazine. 2005 Calendar.
International Artist. June 2004. "Master Painters of the World."
The Pastel Journal. June 2004. "Workshop Instructors Tell All."
The Artist's Magazine. March 2003. "Painting the Seasons."
2003 Port Townsend Calendar.
The Pastel Journal. November 2002. Cover feature article.
The Artist's Magazine. December 2002. "Award Winners."
Pastel Artist International. 2001. "Master Pastel Artists."
The Pastel Journal. 2000. "Painting Snow."
Dakota Arts 2000 Catalog. Seattle, WA. Cover illustration.
Grace Magazine. 1999. "Women and Freedom." Illustration.
The Best of Sketching and Drawing. 1998. North Light Books.
Landscape Inspirations. 1997. North Light Books.
The Best of Pastel. 1996. North Light Books.