Friday, July 13, 2012

Susan Grinels' pastels focus on the "presence and attitude" of Wyoming wildlife

"Jackson Hole Bison," Susan Grinels, 6x6
Susan Grinels recently received an Individual Artist Professional Development grant to attend a workshop in Big Timber, Mont. While talking with WAC staff about her IAPD final report, Susan mentioned that she's been in a number of recent exhibits and will have five pieces in the upcoming national show at the Headwaters Center in Dubois. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her work... and she did.

Susan Grinels is a Lander-based artist working in pastels and mixed media. She is a transplanted Southerner. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, always wanting to be an artist, and eventually did go to art school at the Corcoran School of Art in DC. She has been drawing since graduating from art school in 1991, but it wasn’t until the late 2000s that she began drawing/painting with pastels. Focusing on animals, she tries to convey a sense of their presence and attitude in her paintings. Wyoming wildlife gives the artist an abundance of subject material. Susan has been in the Pastel Journal as a creative spark challenge winner and has won awards in the Art Show at the Dog Show, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Art Association of Jackson Hole and numerous regional/ local shows. She is a member of the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies. She has work going to Dubois next week to be in the 63rd National Art Show running July 21-29 at the Headwaters Center.

Susan’s gallery page on the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies:

Her web site:

Link to information about the International Association of Pastel Societies:

My painting "Jackson Hole Bison" (shown above) got into the juried IAPS show at the Brea Gallery in California. Go to and scroll down to International Pastel Exhibit, which gained Susan her final point to qualify for the IAPS Master Circle Medallion that will be award at their 2013 Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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