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Inspired by nature but not caught in reality, these paintings focus on the essence of receding mountains and the vastness of canyon walls
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Name: Susan Parker

Business Name: Susan Vaccaro Parker Paintings


Art Media: painting

Art Form: Painting

Artist History: Susan has painted since preschool. She remembers rushing in at age 3 to be the first to grab the easel and the luscious bright tempera paints. Tuning out the din of the class, she was in creative heaven. Susan earned a BA in Visual Studies and a Fifth Year Certificate in Art Education at the University of Vermont. She immediately began teaching in Vermont which grew to a wonderfully rewarding 25 year career while she raised her two children. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1999 for her extraordinary abilities to connect with her students and colleagues. Always wondering about the west, Susan and her husband moved to Park City, Utah in 2007 where she became a full time painter. Susan has become very involved with the artistic community in Park City, joining the Park City Professional Artists' Association, and displaying her work at the Kimball Art Center.
Susan teaches art at The Park City Day School, a Pre-K through Grade 8 independent school in Park City, Utah, with a strong emphasis on arts education. As a state certified, award winning art teacher with 30 years experience, she has the talent to make art come alive for children. Painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture and clay are explored in her classes.

Artist Statement: Paintings that are inspired by nature but don't get caught in reality. The rhythms of receding mountains and the vastness of canyon walls push Susan's paintings to focus on the essence, not the photographic reality. Her bold use of acrylic color adds to the abstraction. Since moving to Utah from Vermont, her work has reveled in the beauty of newness, starkness, clear light and forever blue skies.