ABOUT SUSAN TEMPLE NEUMANN
Capturing a Moment in Time
Susan Temple Neumann has been following her dream of painting full time after a successful career owning and operating a graphic design business. Realizing her dream has encouraged her love of traveling and painting the west and southwest.
Susan enjoys a more painterly style of realism which helps keep the painting fresh and "alive." Working in oils, Susan's art is born from a desire to capture the emotion or mood of a particular scene and hopefully make that connection with the viewer.
This Texas artist's desire to capture the spirit of the southwest and its history led to her passion for painting the west. A life-long fascination with native Americans, cowboys, horses, wildlife and the western landscape has fueled Susan's art over the years and been the inspiration for her western pieces.
"As often as possible I paint outdoors which allows me to observe the subtle color nuances that a camera cannot record." Frequent travels have provided rich opportunities for capturing the atmosphere, color, and light in Europe and across the western U.S.
"The mountains are where I'm happiest painting - the grandeur and solitude are like a magnetic draw challenging me to capture their majesty on canvas. Living near Dallas, I try to get away to the mountains as often as I can - for my mountain fix."
Susan is a native Texan, has a fine arts degree (BFA) from UTA and has taken many classes and workshops from some of the top artists working today. Visiting museums and studying masters of the past and present are essential to furthering Susan's desire to learn as much about the art of painting and to constantly be trying to make the next painting better than the last. A few of the artists that provide inspiration are Sorolla, Sargent, George Inness, Edgar Payne, Anders Zorn and the early 20th century Taos Society of Artists.
Susan is a signature member with AWA (American Women Artists) and has had her award winning work juried into many national and international shows and has collectors from across the U.S. Winning Best of Show in 2018 at the American Plains Artists' exhibit with her painting of "White Eagle" was a career highlight. In 2019 Susan was awarded Best in Show of Associate members in the Women Artist of the West show in Boulder, CO with her painting "Three Compadres."
Susan is extremely honored to be featured in a 6-page article in the 2021 July/August issue of Art of the West magazine. This well-respected national magazine article touches on her background leading up to this point in her career and encourages others to follow their dream no matter their age or what stage of life they might be in. She is very grateful to be "Living Her Dream" - the title of the article.