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 studied with Ralph Borge, Charles Gill and Harry Krell while obtaining 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.
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.
I try to bring the experience of being out in nature to the viewer with my own twist of interpretation on that natural space.
Bachelors of Fine Arts, California College of Arts (CCA), San Francisco & Oakland, CA, 1978
Master of Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 1994
PulsePDX, Portland, OR, December 2017
Gallery at Cerulean, “This Is The Garden”, Portland, OR, 2017
Central Oregon Community College Gallery, Invitational Guest Exhibit, Bend, OR, 1981
Focus Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1979
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