My most recent paintings are about nature’s strength in the face of carelessness. They’re about the beautiful resilience of nature arising out of an environment of chaos, a metaphor of the hope I carry for our real-world environmental future.
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About the Artist

Susan Harrington grew up in a family that loved to create. With a father that was an engineer and a mother who was a self-taught artist, her developing years were spent in an environment that included all sorts of designing, building and making activities. She started her love of art in her teens in the field of ceramics and also worked in textiles, printmaking and drawing before she found her true love - painting.

Born and raised in Oregon, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she obtained her BFA from the California College of Arts. After many years, she returned to Oregon and currently works as a full-time artist with a studio in the industrial area of northwest Portland.

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My paintings are part reality, part imagination. In many ways I like to think of them as a big celebration of color, of the random abundance you find in nature, of the resilience of life.

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I try to bring the experience of being out in nature to the viewer with my own twist of interpretation on that natural space. 

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Bachelors of Fine Arts, California College of Arts (CCA), San Francisco & Oakland, CA

Master of Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Select Group Exhibitions:

Verum Ultimum Gallery, “Abstract Catalyst 4”, juried exhibit, Portland, OR 2017

PDXOS, juried exhibit, Portland, OR, 2017

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, juried exhibit, “Artworks Northwest 2017”, Roseburg, OR, 2017

PM Shore Studio/Gallery, “Actions Have Consequences”, Portland, OR, 2016

PDXOS, juried exhibit, Portland, OR, 2016

LO Festival of the Arts, juried exhibit, “The Noun Show”, Lake Oswego, OR, 2016

OSA, “Spring”, Portland OR 2016

OSA, “The Color Red”, Portland, OR, 2015

OSA “200 Under 200”, Portland, OR 2015

PDXOS, Portland, OR, 2001

Solo Exhibitions:

Gallery at Cerulean, September 2018

PulsePDX, Portland, OR, December 2017 - January 2018

Gallery at Cerulean, “This Is The Garden”, Portland, OR, 2017

Beckham Estate Vineyard, ongoing 2015 - 2018

Central Oregon Community College Gallery, Invitational Guest Exhibit, Bend, OR, 1981

Focus Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1979


Professional Artist Magazine, April/May 2018 Issue