Susan Kuznitsky

Susan grew up in Chicago where she attended the Village Art School at a young age. The owner and teacher there was the late Joe Abbrecia who went on to become a very well-known Western Artist. It was a traditional art education, working in charcoal from plaster casts, then oils, then watercolors. Joe recognized her passion and talent and guided her to the American Academy of Art in Chicago after h ...
Susan grew up in Chicago where she attended the Village Art School at a young age. The owner and teacher there was the late Joe Abbrecia who went on to become a very well-known Western Artist. It was a traditional art education, working in charcoal from plaster casts, then oils, then watercolors. Joe recognized her passion and talent and guided her to the American Academy of Art in Chicago after high school.

Fresh out of art school she worked as a freelance portrait artist for a Chicago chain of department stores. She didn't know it then but for the next 4 years she got the best `on the job' training that she could get painting 25-minute portraits, all ages, all types!

A huge advantage to art school in downtown Chicago was exposure to the amazing Art Institute. She fell in love with the Impressionists and became completely smitten with the pastels of that era. Since there was very little instruction at that time in this medium she decided to move to Woodstock, New York to study with Master Artist Albert Handell. It just so happened that Mr. Handell needed a studio assistant. She worked in that capacity for the next two years.

Mr. Handell not only taught her about pastels and oils but also how to teach. He would have her follow him from easel to easel during his workshops. Listening to him answer students' questions and watching his `hands on' approach continues to influence the way she teaches today. After two years in New York she opened her own studio in Chicago where she taught workshops and classes. This led to some years of traveling and teaching across the U.S. Another highlight of time back in Chicago was in the mid 1980's when she had the honor and privilege of painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with another living Master Painter, Richard Schmid. This was a time of tremendous personal challenge and growth. She was juggling a full time career while caring for her late husband who had terminal cancer. Her first husband's death deepened her desire to experience life to its fullest, recording all the beautiful moments through her art.

Susan moved to the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s and has lived in Portland since then. She is an award-winning artist, is a member and teacher with the Oregon Society of Artists, and is a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society.

"My life's work is to leave the world more beautiful than I found it. I look for light beauty. It is everywhere... My job is to translate it onto canvas and share it."

58 Pieces Available

All You Need is Love

Pastel
12 x 24
$1,800
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Autumn Serene

Unframed Original Oil
9 x 12
$160
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Blue Shawl

Pastel
18 x 14
$1,500
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Cherry Blossoms

Unframed Original Oil
12 x 8
$140
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Climbing

Unframed Original Pastel
14 x 11
$190
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Cloud Connection

Pastel
8 x 16
$495
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Conversation in the Garden

Pastel
18 x 12
$750
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Dahlia Bouquet

Pastel
12 x 16
$795
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Dahlia Days

Unframed Original Oil
9 x 12
SOLD

Dressmaker

Unframed Original Oil
14 x 11
$190
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Farmer's Market

Unframed Original Pastel
12 x 16
$225
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Fields of Color

Pastel
18 x 18
$1,800
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This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

Foggy Morning

Oil
10 x 18
$750
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Forest Stream

Pastel
12 x 14
$750
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Forest Sunlight

Pastel
16 x 16
$1,500
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Garden Party

Unframed Original Pastel
8 x 10
SOLD

Garden Stroll

Pastel
10 x 18
$795
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Garden Stroll II

Pastel
14 x 18
$1,200
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Grand Old Oaks

Oil
6 x 12
$425
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Happy Daffodils

Unframed Original Pastel
8 x 10
$120
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Harbor Sunset

Pastel
12 x 18
$900
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Iris Fields #2

Unframed Original Pastel
10 x 18
$225
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Iris Garden

Unframed Original Pastel
10 x 18
$225
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Lanikai Beach

Unframed Original Pastel
6 x 9
$95
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Lavender Days

Unframed Original Pastel
7 x 17
$190
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Lavender Love

Unframed Original Pastel
14 x 11
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Lazy Summer Day

Unframed Original Pastel
9 x 12
$160
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Lovely Lady

Unframed Original Pastel
9 x 12
$160
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Mary's Garden Gate

Pastel
6 x 12
$450
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This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

Milk Glass & White Blossoms

Unframed Original Oil
10 x 8
$120
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Mother and Child

Pastel
18 x 16
$1,200
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Ocean Sunset

Pastel
12 x 9
$495
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Ocean Sunset II

Pastel
9 x 12
$425
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Picking Day

Pastel
10 x 18
$450
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Pink Bouquet

Pastel
12 x 16
$1,800
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Pink Callies

Unframed Original Pastel
12 x 9
$160
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Poppies

Pastel
9 x 12
$450
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Purple Trio

Unframed Original Oil
8 x 10
$120
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Red Barn & Dahlias (study)

Unframed Original Pastel
9 x 12
$160
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Red Dress and Lavender

Pastel
10 x 18
$750
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Royal Blue

Unframed Original Pastel
8 x 12
SOLD

Senior Moment

Pastel
12 x 18
$1,500
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Shoreline Shadows

Pastel
9 x 12
$425
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Snapdragons

Unframed Original Oil
9 x 12
$160
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Soft Summer Morning

Oil
10 x 8
$425
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Spring Blooms

Unframed Original Pastel
12 x 9
$160
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Summer Dreams

Oil
12 x 16
$1,500
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This piece is currently being displayed at the Bjornson Vineyard tasting room in the Eola-Amity Hills.

Summer Vacation

Unframed Original Pastel
9 x 12
$160
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Sunflower Fields Forever

Oil
12 x 24
$1,500
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Sunflower Trio

Unframed Original Pastel
12 x 9
$160
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Sunflower Trio Plus One

Unframed Original Oil
12 x 8
$140
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Sunset Melody

Oil
12 x 24
$1,500
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The Wanderer

Pastel
12 x 16
$750
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View from the Shade

Unframed Original Pastel
12 x 12
$180
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Vineyard Goddess

Unframed Original Oil
18 x 10
$225
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Vineyard View

Unframed Original Pastel
8 x 10
$120
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Vineyard View #2

Unframed Original Oil
6 x 8
$95
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Warm Spring Day

Pastel
14 x 18
$1,200
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Welcome

Unframed Original Pastel
7.5 x 17.5
$190
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Wendy's Garden

Pastel
20 x 16
$1,500
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Wild Daisies

Unframed Original Pastel
7 x 18
$190
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Winter Wonder

Unframed Original Pastel
6 x 8
$95
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