Susan Wadsworth Works on Paper

Fall Kanji Landscape, pastel and ink on paper, 2017

Pool Pond Kanji Landscape Triptych, pastel and ink on paper  2018

Plea for Poets:  2019 call for poets to write about these works: 

I am an artist looking for poets to compose poems about my works or similar experiences for an upcoming show in October 2019 in Jaffrey NH.   My work will divide into three sections: 1) birth, nursing and “childscapes” from the mother’s point of view; 2) points of view when living in the Monadnock Region of southern NH; 3) travels abroad to China, Japan, Guatemala, France, Italy, Spain, England and elsewhere.  I am hoping that poets may be inspired by the works themselves or by the poet’s own understanding of “place” or experiences thereof.     I am also including some Asian calligraphy in my later works, and perhaps I can be inspired by a poem by one or more of the poets to create new pieces for the show.  You can see larger images of the works at my website: However, since all my works are not framed, please write me at the email address below for the list of framed works that could be in the show and thus would be best to be written about.   (You can also find this attachment under Plea for Poets on this website: )  Poems will be juried and each selected poet will receive a small honorarium, and the juried poems will be included with the paintings in a catalog.

Deadlines: April 15 for 2-3 poems to be submitted to  By May 10: jurying of poems.  Exhibition opening:  Friday Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 at the Jaffrey Civic Center second floor.  Show ends Nov. 15, 2019.


New works:  After a trip to Japan in July 2015 and a trip to China in 2017, I have begun experimenting with ink atop the pastel.  Last year, after seeing how white pines tower over hills and woods, with branches sticking out, I began to explore adding Asian calligraphy over the pastel.  The characters usually translate as Eternity, Transcend, Be, Beautiful, etc.

In the summer of 2018, I've also experimented with very loose ink lines upon pastel, for rocks and mountains in northern Spain and in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Studio tour: Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 12-14, 2019 10-5, in the southern Monadnock region of New Hampshire. For more information, see the Rindge section of the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour website at for my own studio or the Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony tour: for fifty more studios.

Generally: my works are pastel on paper inspired by landscapes that I have visited over the past three to four decades. I think of them as "experiential" landscapes because they reflect my personal experience in these places: out west, abroad or in my own back yard with my children. Although the outlines look simple, I often rework those shapes and lines until they are just right, playing a good deal with negative spaces. Then I apply up to twenty layers of pastel, rubbed by hand until smooth. Then I redo the lines, often more freely than the first time. I am interested in lines working as contour, texture and energy all at once while the layered colors also move in their own way.

I am having technical difficulties putting sizes and prices into this website.  Please write me at for prices and availability. These unframed works are not expensive and most are available. The smaller works, often from a "walk and draw" experience, c. 10" x 13" are about $150 while the larger, studio works at 26" x 31" are $650.

My work is now represented by Gallery Sitka, 2 Shaker Rd., D101 Shirley, MA 01464