Susan Wadsworth Works on Paper

Dead Horse Point State Park 2014

This past fall 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 Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab, Utah, one of several new parks I discovered.

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

For a fall studio tour, see 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.