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Delightfully Impressionistic Paintings by Susan Horn

A painting of Aspen trees on a mountainsideAspen Trees on Mountainside, Silverthorne, Colorado

Artist Susan Horn creates delightfully impressionistic paintings of her environment and surroundings. The works gestural and hint at details while providing the viewer a peaceful, dreamy view of an object or place.


An abstracted painting of a farm on a riverbedUntitled


I like that Susan paints her works while very deliberately incorporating evidence of her own hand. Each brush stroke is obvious and calculated, and they come together to form not only a complete image, but a narrative of the painting process. The colors in each work range from deep, saturated greens and blues to selections of subdued neutrals, as in the artist’s still life paintings. In her River Valley series, the landscape is autumnal and packed with strokes of warm crimson and orange. 


A screen capture of Susan Horn's art websiteThe front page of Susan's art website


Susan’s skill at suggesting forms like mountains and trees is quite impressive. Often, a huge geographic feature is reduced to just a few simple, purposeful brush marks, which somehow render even shadow and highlight in enough detail for the viewer’s brain to figure out the rest. 


A still life painting of a number of vesselsStill Life With Burnt Orange Vase, oil on board

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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