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the outdoor PALETTE
By Adelaide Tyrol
The Green Depths of Summer, 14”x 20”, watercolor
Susan Bull Riley has the eye of a naturalist, the discipline of a
classical musician, and the sensibility of a plein air artist. These
three attributes combine in a wonderfully unique way to lend
her paintings an authentic vitality.
Riley was trained as a classical musician for 20 years, and
she explains that the discipline required in her musical training
has had a strong influence on her painting esthetic. She is
always thinking about achieving balance and harmony in her
visual work, and often reflects back on the Baroque esthetics
that directed her musical studies. It is interesting to keep this in
mind when looking at her work.
“The Green Depths of Summer” is first and foremost a
painting about atmosphere and color. This rather small water-
color brings us into a fully formed world of green and gold. It is
a place we know if we are familiar with the New England woods,
a world with its own hum and energy. When it is familiar to us,
it feels like home. When thinking about this particular artist and
her history, we can begin to imagine the cadence and rhythm of
the woodland stream pictured here.
Susan Bull Riley has won numerous awards, most recently first
place at Westmore Association Plein Air Paint-out in July 2016;
she also won the Hunter Award of Excellence at the Vermont
Watercolor Society Annual Juried Awards Exhibition in 2015.
Susan has an upcoming solo exhibit at the Compass Center
for Music and Art in Brandon, Vermont, August 25 through
October 28, 2017. She can be reached through her website: