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 never could quite settle down in one place. She spent much of her childhood traveling all over the United States with her mother and younger brother; settling briefly in locations like Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, California, and Washington.
When her family moved from place to place, they always traveled by automobile. Susannah had extraordinary exposure to different landscapes and scenery throughout the country because she grew up before the distraction of handheld devices was created. She was a quiet observer and spent much of her time carefully taking in all her surroundings in her sketchbook. She developed a strong relationship with the outdoors spending much of her time hiking mountain trails, tracking animals, catching amphibians, and working in the garden. Her curiosity for her surroundings and childhood experiences interacting with nature 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 many other countries including Greece, Peru, Scotland, and England. At each location, she spent time drawing and painting from historic sites. During the summer of 2012, she lived in Tuscany, Italy in a small village called Borgo San Lorenzo where she took a particular interest in painting Plein air and renaissance art. She continues to capture the fleeting qualities of light and nature in her work
Susannah is an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys trail running, hiking, and mountain biking. Much of the inspiration for her paintings comes from the many places she "runs into" (pun intended) on her favorite trails. "Each painting is a record of an adventure I have taken, a challenge I have overcome, and a place forever in my heart."