Susan Larkin is a landscape painter who makes her home in the Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont. She works in oil and pastel, and has painted for over 10 years. Previous to working as a painter, she worked in clay, producing Raku Pottery vessels. Susan holds a BFA from Maine College of Art, and a MAT from Bennington College. She has taught art at many age levels, from preschoolers to adults, and currently offers painting and drawing workshops and classes from her studio in Isle La Motte, Vermont. She is represented by the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont, The Woodstock Gallery in Woodstock, Vermont, and the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury Vermont.
I paint primarily in and around the Champlain Islands, where I live, with an occasional trip east to the towards Mount Mansfield and the surrounding farmlands and rivers. My primary goal is to record my impressions of what I see in the landscape through light and color. My paintings are very personal; they have become over time a daily documentation of what it is like to live on an island, where the landscape is illuminated by the reflection of the lake. I try to communicate what the day felt like to me, the air, the sounds, color, light, conversations with my painting companions. I want to capture exactly what it was that made my mind say “Look at that!” As I continue to work on the paintings in the studio, they become a narrative of my memories of that particular day in my life.