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.

About the Artist

Susan has been a professional palette knife artist for the last 13 years. She from Billings, Montana. Her work can be seen in various galleries.

Susan's father was an landscape oil painter. Smells of linseed oil and oil paint bring back fond memories of her childhood. He has since passed, but she continues to use the tools from his wooden art box. "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 using the edges of the knife for all the detail.” Her oils come to life with layers and layers of color and texture.

Her subject matter varies from landscapes to people. She is currently working on "Big Sky" series focusing on thick impasto oil skies. "Sunrises, sunsets, and cloud shapes are universal. Everyone marvels at the amazing hues and shapes of the celestial sphere above us. The vault of heaven links us all."

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


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