Susan Bryan Studios

Susan Bryan is a self taught impasto artist that many years ago fell in love with palette knife painting.

a line of 5 different types of pallet knives
pallet knives lying next to colorful dabs of paint



Palette knives have been used in impasto painting since the 1800’s. Impasto is an Italian word meaning “dough’ or “mixture’. As a painting technique, the term refers to the very thick and textured application of paint on the canvas itself. With this technique, the paint is applied so thickly that when it dries it appears to be three dimensional. Susan uses the consistency of the oils to carve and stack the colors bringing the paintings to life.

Susan’s work can be seen in various galleries and venues. She also shares her love of art in teaching classes.

Upcoming Classes

Susan’s classes are for all levels of artist. From the beginner to the advanced you can find a class to enjoy. While learning art concepts, you can relax with wine, food and friends. All materials are provided. Just show up ready to learn, have fun, and get some paint on you!
Carrots 1 8×8 Gallery Canvas (pairs with Tomato Class)

Apr 5th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

$58

PERFECT KITCHEN ART! Pair it with the Tomato class Only 15 Spots available - All materials and supplies, WINE appetizers, and provided. Feel free to bring whatever you would like to eat drink. Learn how to use the Pallette knife with oils Dress in clothes you can get paint on. Aprons provided - but paint happens! No refunds - credit only IF there is at least a weeks notice so I can fill your spot. Class is located at Susan's Studio - 4435 Ridgewood Lane South, Billings, MT

Herb Garden 9x 12 (3 Classes to finish art piece) – Class 1a

Apr 6th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

$50

Only 15 Spots available - you must sign up for ALL 3 classes to complete this project!!! I will offer more than one date for classes. THIS IS THE FIRST CLASS. $50.00 per class. All materials and supplies, WINE and appetizers provided. Feel free to bring whatever you would like to eat drink. Learn how to use the Pallette knife to create texture to duplicate old wood and plants. Dress in clothes you can get paint on. Aprons provided - but paint happens! No Refunds - Credit only IF a weeks notice is given so I can fill your spot. Class is located at Susan's Studio - 4435 Ridgewood Lane South, Billings, MT

Little Purple Pansies

Apr 7th, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

$54

Painted on 12x12 Black Canvas. Only 15 Spots available - All materials and supplies, WINE and appetizers, provided. Feel free to bring whatever you would like to eat drink. Learn how to use the Pallette knife to create texture. Dress in clothes you can get paint on. Aprons provided - but paint happens! No refunds - credit only IF there is at least a weeks notice so I can fill your spot. Class is located at Susan's Studio - 4435 Ridgewood Lane South, Billings, MT

Herb Garden 9×12 (3 Classes to finish art piece) Class 2a

Apr 13th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

$50

Only 15 Spots available - you must sign up for ALL 3 classes to complete this project!!! I will offer more than one date for classes. THIS IS THE SECOND CLASS. $50 per class. All materials and supplies, WINE and appetizers provided. Feel free to bring whatever you would like to eat drink. Learn how to use the Pallette knife to create texture to duplicate old wood and plants. Dress in clothes you can get paint on. Aprons provided - but paint happens! No Refunds - Credit only IF a weeks notice is given so I can fill your spot. Class is located at Susan's Studio - 4435 Ridgewood Lane South, Billings, MT

About the Artist

Susan is a self-taught artist from Billings, Montana. She grew up in northern Wyoming in a very artistic family. Her dad was an oil painter and her mom an acoustical guitarist. This creates a very imaginative child who is still painting and sketching her way through life.

It wasn’t until years after her dad passed away she knew she needed to paint to feel complete. “I have no formal education in painting with palette knives. It just feels natural to me. I am using the same palette knives my dad used. That in itself inspires me.”

Susan developed her technique starting with different brushes and tools, but soon fell in love with the varied shapes of palette knives. “I can create an interesting effect by stacking and carving the oil paint. I very rarely use brushes only to sign my name. I can use the edges of the knife for all the detail.” Her oils come to life with layers and layers of color. Some of the paintings because of the layers take months to fully dry.

Her subject matter varies from landscapes to people. “I choose to paint what interests me and don’t believe in painting the same subject over and over. It could be anything that catches my eye and that is challenging to me to create it with my knives.”

“I believe fine art should be the focus of a room not an accessory. Whether it is bold color or soft and reflective, it should be a conversation waiting to happen. If the color combinations in my work draw you in, and the texture makes you want to touch, I have accomplished what I have set out to do as an artist.”

Contact

Contact Susan with any questons about her work or classes. She welcomes your feedback!