Susan Sapanara is a representational artist living and working in the Hudson Valley of NY, painting nature and encouraging a connection and stewardship to plants, because plants matter. Before beginning a career in Home Textile design and development, Susan attended The School of Visual Arts, studying Fine Art and Art Therapy. She then went on to achieve a certificate with distinction in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden where she now teaches. Through instruction, she hopes to enrich students lives and instill a deep respect for the natural world. 

Always advocating for Art, Susan co-founded the Tri-State Botanical Artist of NYBG a circle of The American Society of Botanical Artists . With the TSBA, she curates shows, publishes a monthly newsletter and contributes to the groups overall organization and meeting content. Susan also serves on the board of The Light Chasers of the Sun Coast, a lively active Plein Air organization in FL. She has participated in numerous exhibitions of Botanical and Landscape art and her art is held in many private collections. A curiosity to explore techniques and materials has lead to discoveries of new ways to enjoy depicting her subjects. 

“Plants and art have the power to lessen the weightiness of our lives and enrich it. I hope my art delights viewers and encourages awareness of our delicate environment”

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts, NYC Fine Art, Illustration, Print Making, Art Therapy, 1977-1981

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY,  Botanical Illustration with Distinction 2012- 2014

Studies with a number of painters including Joseph Mcgurl, Robert Johnson and Morgan Samuel Price

CAREER

Instructor, New York Botanical Garden, Botanical Illustration 2016-present

Nature Journaling Workshops with Garrison Art Center and Untermyer Garden

Textile Design, Product Development, Design Direction 1986-2016 with Springs Industries, Macy’s/Federated Department Stores, Croscill, Revman/Laura Ashley

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Society of Botanical Artist

Oil Painters of America 

EXHIBITIONS and PUBLICATIONS 

2021

Carter Burden Gallery- Contemporary Botanical Art From New York Botanical Garden, NY, NY

Light Chasers 10th Annual Show – Fifth place award, Sarasota, FL

2020

Garrison Art Center Members Show, Garrison, NY

9th Annual Light Chasers Show, Sarasota, FL

2019

ASBA Silver Anniversary Publication

Garrison Art Center Members Show, Garrison, NY

8th Annual Light Chasers Show and Paint Sarasota Paint Out, Sarasota, FL

Botanical Art at the Maplewood Library, Maplewood, NJ

Sleepy Cat Farm, Open Gardens Day, Greenwich, CT

2018

Garrison Art Center Member Show, Garrison, NY

Walk with Us, Tri-State Botanical Artist at New York, New Jersey Trail Conference, Mahwah, NJ

2017

American Society of Botanical Artists Small Works,San Francisco, CA

2016

The Beauty of Botanicals, OA Gallery, Kirkwood MO

Garden State Gardens, 27th Annual New Jersey Small Works Show, Demarest, NJ

2015

18th Annual International Juried Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists NY, NY

Tri-State Juried Exhibition, Ridgewood NJ Honorable Mention

Gold Light Gallery Annual International Juried show, New Hope PA

Pascack Art Association Members show, Ridgewood, NJ,  Honorable Mention

2014

17th Annual International Juried Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists, NY, NY

Contact Info;

Susan Sapanara

ssapanara@gmail.com

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