Susan Lyon


Susan Lyon grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. Her initial interest in art was sparked by a television show on Georgia O’Keefe. Lyon studied painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the respected Palette and Chisel Club. It is there she first began exhibiting and selling her work.
Susan draws much inspiration from painters such as Zorn, Malavin, Sorolla, and Cecelia Beaux. Lyon’s technique is to paint wet on wet with a balance of scratchy brush work against thick, opaque strokes for the lights. “My style is an attempt to balance realistic and abstract passages with as much impressionistic color as possible. I like to combine wide, sweeping strokes in the background with small, subtle details in my center of interest.”
Many of her ideas come from the everyday objects that surround her such as the flowers in her garden, dolls or models set up in a scene. “What I hope to accomplish is to convey the whimsical beauty I see around me, as well as to make the viewer smile when they look at my work. Even when I’m painting fairly traditional things, my greatest joy is figuring out original ways of setting up the most common of still life objects or costumed figure poses, so that they appear dynamic.
Susan Lyon lives in a rural area of North Carolina with her husband, artist Scott Burdick, whom she met at the Palette and Chisel Club. She moved there to escape the hectic pace of city life as well as to experience an entirely different part of the country. Surrounded by nature, Susan’s studio allows her the space and privacy to grow as an artist. It also serves as a perfect home-base for her painting trips and travels all around the world. “The excitement of traveling, seeing so many new sights, and incredible works in museums, combined with the challenge of painting on the spot, makes me a travel addict! Even before I go on a trip I’m planning the one after.”
Susan published the first book on her work in the spring of 2008, titled " Vision and Voyages"
Susan has a drawing DVD published through F&W publishing. She also has many Online instructional videos that she and her husband have filmed and produced. They are available on her website.