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

Deselm's Fine Art - Cheyenne WY

The Art BAnk - Colorado Springs, CO

Gallery 1505 Denver, CO

Framed Image - Denver, CO

Steamboat Springs Art Museum - Steamboat, CO


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