Susan Wadsworth Works on Paper

Temagami View form Paul's Island  2015

Grand Canyon II from Desert View 2014_cr best

In the fall of 2014, I had a wonderful sabbatical as I drove west on my own to draw at fifteen national and state parks. I created dozens of small works on site and then larger works later in my studio. This work is from the Grand Canyon.

More recently, after a trip to Japan in July 2015, I have begun experimenting with ink atop the pastel.

Studio tour: Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 10-11, 2015, 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.

There was a kind article about my work in relation to the Faculty Show at Fitchburg State recently. Bonnie J. Toomey, Sentinel and Enterprise, WEEKEND BEST BETS Q & A With FSU Faculty Artist Susan WadsworthThursday January 23, 2014

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.