Susannah Gravel (Colby)
American, Born 1981
Susannah was born in Vermont, but she spent much of her childhood traveling all over the United States with her parents and younger brother; settling briefly in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, California and Washington. She now resides in Central Vermont, and has been there for the last 25 years.
When her family moved from place to place, they always traveled by automobile. Susannah had an extraordinary exposure to different landscapes and scenery throughout the country. She was a quiet observer, and spent much of her time carefully taking in all of her surroundings in her sketchbook. She developed a strong relationship with the outdoors and spends much of her time hiking trails and mountains, and working in the garden. Her curiosity for her surroundings and childhood experiences shaped the person she is today. Susannah’s passion and love for the outdoors is still quite evident in her work.
Susannah has been fortunate enough to expand her travels to several other countries including Greece, Peru, Scotland and England. At each location she spends time drawing and painting from historic sites. For a brief period she lived in Tuscany, Italy in a small village called Borgo San Lorenzo where she took a particular interest in Plein Air painting, studying oil painting and art history. She continues to capture the fleeting qualities of light and nature in her work
Susannah is an avid outdoors woman and enjoys trail running, hiking and mountain biking. Much of the inspiration for her paintings comes from the many places she explores outdoors. "Each painting is a record of an adventure I have taken, a challenge I have overcome, a place in my heart, forever."