Susan F. Greaves is a Louisiana native and believes her earliest art influence was the graceful and classic architecture favored there. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University in interior design, she worked in New Orleans and then moved to Florida, Maine, Bermuda, Sicily, and Washington state with her family.
Meanwhile, she painted independently and took every history of art course available to her. In 1976, she began to study under the instruction of William F. Reese. His unwavering dedication to the foundational concepts of painting and to integrity set the direction and standard for her subsequent work. After moving to Redding, California in 1977, she studied with the acclaimed Sergei Bongart in Idaho and Los Angeles as a scholarship student. Through him, the influence of the Russian Impressionists is evident in her work.
Greaves' work is described as "a fine example of strong, painterly style". Her paintings are noted for their light and color. She uses classical methods of careful observation and direct execution to portray subjects ranging from florals and still life to landscapes and figures.
Her life-long fascination with horses has found expression in equine subjects. Ranching scenes, horse shows and eventing. The memorable views of her adopted landscape and frequent travels provide constant visual stimulation.
NATIONAL JURIED SHOWS AND AWARDS:
Catherine Lorillard Wolf Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC, 1985, 1986, 1989
Blackfoot Valley Art Association Auction: 1987 Best of Show, 1990 Best of Show
American Artists Professional League, NYC, 1987 John R. Grabach Memorial Award
Western Regional Art Show and Sale, Cheyenne WY, 1988
New Orleans Art Association National Exhibition, 1988 and 1990, Merit Award
The Artists Magazine National Portrait Competition, 1989, Finalist
Art of California Magazine Discovery Awards, Silver Award and Bronze Award, 1991
California Works, California State Fair, Sacramento CA, 1992 Award of Merit
The Equine Image Magazine's "Horses In Motion", Kentucky Derby Museum, 1996
American Academy of Equine Artists Annual Exhibition, Middleburg, VA 1996
Draft Horse Classic, Grass Valley, CA, Honorable Mention, 1997
Horses In Motion, Kentucky Derby Museum, 1997, Best of Show
Alla Prima International, member shows, 1997-2007
Legacy, member shows, 2000 and 2001
Angel Fire, NM, Plein Air Paint-Off 2004, Best of Show
Shasta Land Trust/PPNS Paintout, Best of Show 2004, Best of Show 2005
San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, 2006
Society of Master Impressionists, 2006 and 2007
Oil Painters of America, 1996, 1998, and 2007
TOTAL AWARDS: 50+
Redding Museum and Art Center, Redding CA 1986
Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA 1991
Shasta County Arts Council, Redding CA, 1992
The 1990 Southwest Art Calendar
American Artist Magazine, August 1988, "Emerging Artists"
American Artists, an Illustrated Survey, 1990
The Fine Artists' Guide to Showing and Selling Your Work, by Sally Prince Davis, 1989
The California Art Review, 1988
Internet 101 For the Fine Artist - co-author (Guide To Selling On eBay)
Getting Acquainted - The Art of Susan F Greaves, 2012
Wet Paint - The Painting Classroom, by Susan F Greaves, 2013
PROFESSIONAL HONOR SOCIETIES:
Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, NYC (former member)
Women Artists of the West (former member)
Knickerbocker Artists, Signature Member
Alla Prima International, Signature Member
Society of Master Impressionists, Charter Member
Plein Air Painters Northwest Society, Master Signature Member
Whiskeytown Plein Air Painters, Signature Member
See: AMERICAN ARTIST magazine, August 1986, "Emerging Artists" and THE EQUINE IMAGE, June/July 1997, p. 45.