Gallery 9’s Susan Martin Spar is having a busy early summer! She’s the featured artist on discoverporttownsend.com, as well as showing new work at the Sequim Museum and Art Center. In July, that show will move to the upstairs walls at Gallery 9.
Susan paints in a representational classical style with subjects including landscape, still life and portraiture. Lately, Spar has been painting on gold leaf and says that she finds the process both difficult and stunning. “I especially like the way it works with both contemporary and traditional styles,” commented Spar. A large piece, entitled “Nesting Egrets” reflects a more contemporary look.
Receiving early training from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Susan moved to Southern California in the 1980s. After studying for a brief time at the Watts Atelier in Encinitas she moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 2004. In addition to studying with well-known artists and teachers such as David Leffel, David Gray and Michael Klein, Susan completed her classical training in a three-year intensive program of figure drawing and painting at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle in 2012.
Come check out Susan Martin Spar’s new paintings and pastels at Gallery 9 opening at Gallery Walk on July 1.