Susannah Gravel (Colby)
American, Born 1981
Susannah was born in the small town of Berlin, Vermont. Her father was a "rolling stone" in the sense that he couldn't quite ever settle down in one place. She spent much of my childhood traveling all over the US; settling in several locations like Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, California and Washington.
When her family moved from place to place they always traveled by automobile so Susannah had an extraordinary exposure to different landscapes and scenery. She loved being outdoors as a child and spent a majority of her time hiking mountains, tracking animals, catching frogs and tending to the garden. Her experiences as a child continue to shape the person she is today with a passion and love for the outdoors.
Susannah has been fortunate enough to spend time in Greece, Peru, Scotland and England drawing from historic sites. During the summer of 2012 she lived in Tuscany, Italy where she took a particular interest in painting in the plein air and capturing natural light. She continues to enjoy capturing the fleeting qualities of nature in her work.
Susannah is an avid trail runner and hiker. Much of the inspiration for her paintings comes from the trails she hikes and runs on. "Each painting is a record of an adventure I have taken, a challenge I have overcome, a place forever in my heart."