susanhay-websiteFor the past 15 years, Susan has committed herself to honing her artistic skills, completing the certificate program at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Susan’s landscapes are painted on texturized canvases and are based on photos she has taken from the bow of her canoe as she and her husband enjoy the scenic beauty of Haliburton and Georgian Bay or while riding her bicycle or walking along the rural roads of Huron County. Susan’s greatest strength in painting is being able to evoke light in her landscapes.

Susan is a regular exhibitor in the Haliburton Arts Community and part of the theTour de Forest Studio Tour each Civic Holiday weekend at her new location on Wenona Lake at 1128 Argillite Road, Haliburton, K0M 1S0. She is also well known in Huron County where her paintings are displayed in the Clinton Health Centre, the Clinton Public Hospital, and several commercial galleries.

Susan was awarded the 2014 Huron Arts and Heritage Network Award.

Artist Statement

I am most inspired by the tranquil, natural wilderness found along Ontario’s shorelines and by rural scenery. I enjoy capturing “moments” that I discover on canvas to share with the viewer. I love to paint water so that it looks wet and light so that it glows, the overall effect being that my landscapes sparkle with vitality. My unique signature style features texture which reveals an edgy, rugged and slightly abstract aspect to the painted scene.

Susan completed the Drawing and Painting Certificate Course at the Haliburton School of the Arts in December of 2011.

Past Exhibitions

Civic Holiday weekend, 2016, Haliburton, “Tour de Forest Summer Studio Tour”

August 1 – 31, 2014, On My Travels, Goderich Coop Gallery

September 14 – October 15- Solo show at the Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton

August 16 – September 8, 2013 Canadian Landscape solo exhibition at the Blyth Festival Theatre

August 3 & 4, 2013 Tour de Forest

August 1 to 31, 2012 at the Heritage House Cafe in Haliburton, entitled “Birch Series”.

Elizabeth’s Gallery on the Square in Goderich during the summer as part of her 20th anniversary celebration.

Open Studio, May 26, 27, June 2, 3 & 9, 10, 80602 Benmiller Line

Sunset Arts Gallery in Grand Bend, August 13 to Sept. 3, 2011: Collage Creations

Tour de Forest Studio Tour, Haliburton July 30 and 31, 2011

Heritage House Café, Haliburton, July 1 to 31, 2011: Heritage Barns of Haliburton

Heritage House Café, Haliburton, Sept. 1 to 31, 2010: Haliburton Shorelines

Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, June 2010, Haliburton Shoreline Series

Clinton Health Centre, Clinton, May 2009

Many community shows in Huron County over the past decade including the Blyth Art Gallery Community show, Paint Ontario at the Lambton County Museum, The Huron County Museum Annual Art Show, and others.

In 2010, one of Susan’s Georgian Bay landscapes toured Ontario with a group of other artists paintings beginning with the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg in a show called “Progressions”.



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