Susan Nicholas Gephart
"Focusing on the landscape and striving for a personal approach, my goal is to see beyond the obvious and capture a mood or essence of what is felt. All my life, I have been inspired by the color and beauty of our fragile earth environment. I strive to capture and convey a spiritual message of nature’s important connection to humankind. Working on location outdoors, ‘en plein air,’ whether in pastels or oils, allows for spontaneity and directness. Responding to the sound, smell, and light of the environment influences each interpretation. The essential elements of these paintings are color, shape, sense of atmosphere,and the emotion of the moment."
Susan is a 1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and a 1977 Associate in Arts graduate from Montgomery County Community College. In 2007, Susan was inducted into the MCCC Alumni Hall of Fame, and then selected as one of 50 Outstanding Alumni in 2014. She has been exhibiting and painting award-winning landscapes for over forty years and balanced raising three children while perusing an art career. Her colorful, impressionistic plein air pastelsand oilsarein private and permanent collections across the country, including The Penn Stater Conference Center, Lock Haven University, and The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Susan is an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a past president and Signature Member of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. She also co-founded the Plein Air Painters of Central PA.