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 was born and raised in Oregon with deep family roots in the region - her father’s great-grandparents were pioneers who settled in Oregon in 1849. She attributes her interest in interpreting the landscape as well as her environmental concerns to protect it as influenced by this history and connection to the natural Oregon landscape.

After a couple of years of college in Oregon, Susan moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to obtain her BFA from the California College of Arts and later a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University.  She stayed in the California Bay Area for several years and eventually returned to Portland where she currently works as a full-time artist and maintains a studio in the NW Marine Art Works community.

For the past two decades she has worked primarily in oils but has also worked in watercolor, printmaking, textiles and clay. She has been featured in “Professional Artist Magazine” and exhibited her work in one-person and group shows in the Pacific Northwest and in California. She has participated multiple times in the Portland Open Studios Tour as well as the NW Marine Art Works Annual Open Studio event which happens every July in 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