Susan Z. Dunnell

I have been drawing and painting since a child. I prefer working in watercolor. There is something elusive and delightful that only happens in watercolor when transparent color meets paper. It is that je ne sais quoi that captivates the eye and soul.

As a teenager growing up in Red Bank, NJ, I studied watercolor with Yvonne Aubert, founder of the Guild of Creative Art, the oldest and largest art community of its kind in NJ; and drawing with Betty Hart at the Guild. After high school, I attended Traphagen School of Design in Gramercy Park, New York City, studying anatomy, design, water color, and calligraphy. A few years later, I lived in San Francisco, CA and took studio painting with Brook Temple, a student of Josef Albers; and Industrial Design with Arthur Irwin.

In the early 1970s I moved to Gaithersburg, MD and became involved with the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association for a few years. After that, the demands of raising a family and working full time distracted me from painting for a couple of decades.

I have been studying and painting with the Metropolitan Fine Art Society since February 2005, when a colleague from work invited me to a studio class. I immediately felt a sense of camaraderie with this talented group of artists. Since then, my teacher, Firouzeh Sadeghi, and fellow artists have encouraged, inspired and nurtured me to grow as a painter.

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