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Sue Foell


About the Artists:
Sue Foell was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She has early recollections of watching her father, who was a high school art teacher, sketching head studies of her and her siblings, which sparked an interest in portraiture that would blossom later in life. Sue received a degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and although she majored in Computer Science, the many art courses she took while there, and later from several other instructors, gave her a strong foundation for her paintings today. After working as a graphic artist for 14 years, she took a portrait workshop from portrait artist, William J. Kalwick, Jr. in 2001. It was then she knew that portrait painting in oil was what she was made to do and continued to study with Mr. Kalwick for the following four years.

Sue’s passion for oil painting is fueled by the excitement she feels while trying to capture the life of her subject on canvas. Her convincing sense of light and dark, confident brushstrokes, strong drawing skills, and use of rich color give a special strength to her paintings.

In an effort to pass on what she has learned, Sue has become a sought-after painting instructor where she now lives near Memphis, TN with her husband and thirteen-year old daughter, who is a frequent model for her paintings.

Recent exhibitions and awards include: Salon International 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 Juried Exhibitions where she received a “Jury’s Top 50” award and two “Honorable Mention” awards; the Oil Painters of America’s 2009 and 2007 National Juried Exhibitions; and the Oil Painters of America’s 2010, 2008, and 2007 Eastern Regional Exhibitions.

Associated Exhibitions
Spirit and Image (Spit'n Image)
Group Show
February 28 - March 30, 2018
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Edward Dare Variety Show
September 23 - October 23, 2016
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Innocence and Grace
A Group Show featuring the figurative work of Jim Darlington, Sue Foell, Isabel Forbes and Beth McLean
October 7 - October 31, 2011
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