Hurst Gallery/Susan Dee Hurst
I have been a practicing artist for many years, specializing in portraiture in pastels and oils. My portfolio also includes landscapes I have painted of Arkansas as well as places visited. My style has elements of both impressionism but also realism. My goal in a painting is to engage the viewer in a visual dialogue that the viewer wants to return to over and over.
My formal training comes from Louisiana Tech University and private studies with notable artists including: Doug Dawson, Guido Frick, Albert Handell, and Jim Schell. The late Vena McAnnich of Little Rock Arkansas was my mentor in the portrait arena. An intensive portrait painting workshop with Daniel E. Greene, also influenced my work. I have taught portrait and landscape classes in Arkansas, Ohio, and Georgia.
Juried shows where I have exhibited and include International Association Pastel Society, National Pastel Society of the Southwest; National Pastel Society of Arkansas; De Soto, Texas Annual Exhibit; and the Portrait Society of Atlanta, Georgia, and Arkansas Pastel Society of Arkansas.
Portraiture continues to dominate my career as an artist. When possible I like to paint from the model but I also feel comfortable working from a photograph. Live sittings in the beginning stages of a painting and near the completion are invaluable to the likeness. So that the commissioned painting is enjoyed for years to come, I work closely with a client to ensure complete satisfaction.