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Susan Kiefer

Susan Kiefer of Kansas is our featured artist, who works in oil painting today, but may well explore something else equally exciting tomorrow! The work is evocative and soothing in its simplicity…but we’ll let the artist speak.


“Making things makes me happy—from paper dolls and dolls clothes in childhood, to costumes and scenery for my dance group as a young adult, to making art as the activity that sustains me. Drawing has been the starting point of every project, which led to a BFA and MFA in Printmaking from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, and a woodcut artist book in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Introduced to painting in a graduate seminar with John Zurier, I was seduced by the immediacy and directness of painting. I abandoned my training as a printmaker, and the relief prints and artist books that held my attention for the first several years of my art career. With painting now my primary medium, I prefer working in oil for the slow drying and richness of color.

Themes and subject matter of my artwork has varied over the years as new ideas capture my attention and the seasons of my life are reflected in my work; what has never changed is the need to create.”


She can be reached here:

Susan Kiefer



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Man hanging origame peace cranes.