A Celebration of Seasons Watercolors & Oil Paintings by Susan Bull Riley

Release Date: 
January 26, 2021

East Montpelier Twilight painting by Susan Bull Riley

East Montpelier Twilight painting by Susan Bull Riley

A Celebration of Seasons

Watercolors & Oil Paintings by Susan Bull Riley

On display at the CVMC Art Gallery from January 24 - March 14, 2021

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Artist Statement

I am fortunate that the isolation forced upon me by COVID didn’t present the kind of hardship that so many people have suffered. With my studio at home, I’ve been able to keep working without interruption, pursuing paintings of the natural world around me. 

The dynamics of the changing seasons - ephemeral conditions of light, color, and vegetation that only appear once a year - gets me out of bed in the morning. 

Most of the paintings in this exhibit were painted during 2020. As the months passed and nature’s grand parade kept presenting fresh sources of inspiration, new paintings leapfrogged over older ones, leaving them necessarily unfinished. An exhibit such as this one at CVMC gratefully provides me the impetus to complete the year’s work, frame it up, and move it out of my crowded studio. 

There are watercolors as well as oils in this exhibit; working in two mediums means I learn from the best of what each has to offer. I enjoy the change of pace between the freedoms offered by working in oils with the carefully prepared drawing and intense, quiet energy required by my watercolors, especially those of botanical subjects.


Susan Bull Riley is a member of the New England Society of Botanical Artists and a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Her paintings have received honors in regional, national and international galleries and institutions and have been sought by The New York State Museum, The National Science Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and from many local land trusts. Over the years Susan has won numerous awards from the Vermont Watercolor Society as well as First Place in the 2018 Northern Vermont Art Association exhibition and,

in 2016, First Place in the Westmore Association En Plein Air Paint-out and the People’s Choice Award in the Northern Vermont Art Association’s summer exhibition. Susan is part of the Legacy Collection of the Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville and exhibits regularly with Festival Arts Gallery in Waitsfield and Emile A. Gallery in Jericho. Susan’s website has more information.

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