I love to paint from life.  The more than 3 dimensions that are available to witness as I watch animals move through the landscape, or horses interact or the sky change is truly thrilling. It is an adrenaline rush as I try to decide which peice to capture in that one second. The changing light, movement, even the smells & soundtrack of the environment figure into the final result. If I can recreate the way one moment in time felt through my painting then I have acomplished my goal as an artist.  I paint subjects that I have seen personally or events that I have participated in, things I love and feel an intimacy with. I see my work as a snapshot of this particular time in our history and of my view of the west that we live in.

Susan Bell is a painter of the contemporary west.  A Colorado native and horsewoman, she grew up recording the changing face of the west, its land and animals through art.  The fleeting moments of relationship figure promentently in her work. She spends a great deal of time painting en plein air and this shows in her familiarity with movement, light and the unique personality of each of her subjects.

Her work has been featured in museums and collections throughout the US

Silver Saddle Ladies YouTube video click here
Susan Bell painting Silver Saddle ponies YouTube video click here
Susan Bell painting Heifers YouTube video click here
Susan Bell painting the National Western Stock Show Parade YouTube video click here



Kaiser Permanente  /3 works
Denver Children’s Hospital/ 3 works
Colorado Governor J. Hickenlooper
Aspect Energy /6 works
Belize Natural Energy/ 10 works
Lawrence Phipps III


Cheyenne Frontier Days Art show - Old West Museum - July 2015 - 2022                                                                                                   

Douglas County Land Conservancy Plein air  June 2017-2022

Cherry Hlls Land Preserve Art show 2013-2019

Taos Art Museum - A Russian night in Taos - Aug 2015 - 2016

Art for Horses - Lakewood Cultural Center Aug -Sept 2015

NWSS Denver CO  Coor Art Show 2009-2014 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science - 2010-11

Paint America 100 - 2011

Salmagundi Club, NYC  2010

Birds in Art - Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI 2009

Museum of Horses in Art - Lexington, KY 2009-2011

MASTERS OF THE FOXHOUNDS  100 years-Traveling exhibition

Dog & Pony Show – Arvada Center for the Arts

Wildlife Experience Museum - Equine Artists

Denver Art Museum  -Impressions of Denver 

Artists of Colorado -  COLO History Museum



 Ex Art Equinus - 2012
 Illustrator - MY Name is JAKE - 2012
Birds in Art - Woodson Art Museum - 2009  
 Illustrator - Denver Magazine 2008 -2010
HGTV- Oct 2006 – April 2007-8
Western Horseman- artists to watch - July 2004
SouthWestArt – Western Artists – March 2003
Horse Connection – Featured Artist – Jan 2004 
Better Homes and Gardens – Fall 1997


Joe Wade Fine Art – Sante Fe, NM

Deselm's Fine Art - Cheyenne WY

Rich Designs - Colorado Springs, CO

Gallery 1505 Denver, CO

Framed Image - Denver, CO

Steamboat Springs Art Museum - Steamboat, CO


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