SPECIALIZING IN ANIMAL ART

Susan F. Schafer Studio

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Academic

  • Bachelor of Science with Honors and Distinction in Zoology
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Teaching Credential in Life Sciences


Experience
  • Freelance artist and writer, scientific illustrator and consultant

Awards
  • 2018. First Place Printmaking for The Queen of Hearts, Annual Student Exhibition, Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. Garet Zook, juror.

  • 2017. Best of Show for Better Off Without Them, Annual Student Exhibition, Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. Nick Wilkinson, juror.

  • 2016. Award of Excellence, Brushstrokes 2016, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, for Chihuahua Sunset. Robert Burridge, juror.

  • 2016. Best of Show and First Place Painting for Mule History Rewritten, Annual Student Exhibition, Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. Robbie Conal, juror.

  • 2016. Honorable Mention Drawing for Great Mother Goddess of the Camels, Annual Student Exhibition, Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA. Robbie Conal, juror.

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Associations
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
  • Arts Obispo
  • Paso Robles Art Association
  • Morro Bay Art Association

          From my earliest memories, I have been an animal lover. I am told that as a baby, i would not stay in our own yard, but instead would crawl next door to be with the neighbor's dog.

Later, as a little girl, I would receive dolls as gifts, which I would unceremoniously abandon, saving only their clothes to put on my stuffed animals.

          As a teen, I discovered art in school, and since that day, I have drawn and painted the animals that I so much love. Only recently have I realized that art is what I must pursue as a profession. Any animal might become my muse...the way it acts, looks, lives, eats, or sounds. when you look at my paintings, i hope you will not just see the image, but the spirit of the animal itself. 

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