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Plein Air Paradise: The Art of Susette Billedeaux Gertsch

A plein air painting of dense flowers in a gardenMaster's Garden -- White and Yellow Daisies, oil

Susette Billedeaux Gertsch creates masterful plein air paintings under her studio name, Plein Air Paradise. The artist uses a skilled, gestural approach to paint a range of subject matter, with landscapes and architectural features from many different climates and settings.


A painting of a church in the European countrysideEglise de Caux -- Church of de Caux, oil

 

I really enjoy the overall atmosphere that Susette builds up in her paintings. These works have an easy softness about them that welcomes the viewer in and invites close contemplation. Though Susette doesn’t capture every detail of her landscapes, each of her canvases evokes a sense of being there, of seeing the scenery through one’s own eyes, with the kind of soft-focus that might come with a fond memory. 


The front page of Susette Billedeaux's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Susette's art website, pleinairparadise.com

 

I also like the way that Susette incorporates figures into some of her works. In certain paintings, a background figure is composed of a few strategic, expertly placed brush marks. In others, where the figure is more central, the artist is adept at creating life-like detail with rich shadows and highlights.


A painting of a vast landscape with green shrubsDeer Creek View, oil


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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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