Susan Whiteman

About the Artist

A Pastel Society of America member and a lifelong artist, Susan has been exploring the world of soft pastels for nearly ten years.  While pastels are now her primary medium, she also works in oils and acrylics. In March she was honored to receive Best in Show at the Adirondack Artists’ Guild Annual Juried Show for her pastel cityscape “Our Little Town.” Her work has been featured in galleries across New York State, and in juried show exhibitions throughout the northeast.  She teaches pastel workshops once a year at View in Old Forge and at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, and spends summers participating in plein air festivals. She’s a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society, the New Hampshire Pastel Society, Saranac Lake Artworks, & NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery in Saranac Lake, NY.  

“Chasing the Light” is in reference to the plein air pursuit of doing just that.  Whiteman states, “As an artist, I’m looking for that certain quality of light that compels me to paint a subject—it might be the diffused hush of early morning, bright sun and strong shadows at midday, a glorious sky show, or the magic of the evening’s golden hour.  For still life paintings, it’s the source of light that creates the drama.”  

This show is the fifth of the five installments in the 2019 Great Hall Art Exhibit series presented by the Historic Salem Courthouse Community Center. This year’s art series is focused on expanding the genres of art represented and showcasing local food vendors at our opening receptions. The Courthouse is dedicated to providing a venue for artistic endeavors, for craft making, and for unique educational experiences for our immediate and extended community. They are located at 58 East Broadway, Salem, NY 12865 and are open Tuesday-Friday, 9AM to 3PM.