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Sue Lyon (b. 1969)  Artworks >>

Growing up in Oak Park, Illinois, Susan Lyon studied at the Art Institute of Chicago* and earned a degree from the American Academy of Art*. She painted at the Palette and Chisel Club*, a mansion converted into studio space by art students, and there in 1989, met Scott Burdick, whom she married in 1993. Exhibiting there from age 23, she became the youngest winner of the prestigious Gold Medal for Oil Painting two years in a row. Other exhibition venues have been the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters, and the Northwest Rendezvous. She and her husband also have a two-person show each year. "Her initial interest in art was sparked by a television show on Georgia O'Keefe. "I hadn't seen art like that before. Her work touched me emotionally and seemed so personal -- I saw a television program on her life and that inspired me to take drawing classes." (website) Her style is a combination of realism* and impressionism*, and she credits Anders Zorn, Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla, and Cecilia Beaux as special influences. Her first subjects were still lifes, primarily toys, dolls and stuffed animals, but she began painting figures more and more. She and Burdick, seeking a quiet, rural existence, have a home and studios near Winston, North Carolina. From there, the couple enjoy traveling to locations throughout the world in order to experience the culture and view the people first hand. Among the places they have visited are Europe, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Mexico and Asia. Lyon has been collecting shawls and costumes from these overseas trips for over 15 years and at least once a week, she and Burdick hire models to come to their home studio and they put the costumes to use for their paintings. They also invite local artists to their home to paint from the models and to share some camaraderie. Source

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