Susan Spellman is more than an artist member of the Newburyport Art Association. She has been part of the fabric of this community organization for decades. As a member of the Board of Directors and as a past president, as an instructor and as a gallery associate and volunteer, she has contributed to who we are in unmeasurable ways.
The Newburyport Art Association is pleased to present a retrospective of Susan’s work and career as an illustrator. The show, entitled “To Tell a Story”, will be on display at the NAA from August 22 to September 3, 2017. A reception for the public will take place on Friday, August 25th, from 6-8pm. Starting with sketches from her early work with Highlights for Children Magazine, the exhibit will feature pieces spanning a 40 year career as an illustrator for many leading publishing houses as well as several independently published children’s books.
Her work highlights her skill at bringing out the emotions and personalities of her human and animal subjects and her ability to use illustration as a way to help tell the story.
Spellman’s style, primarily in watercolor and colored pencil, can be described as brightly colored, whimsical and imbued with fluid movement. All of her published work has been an effort to bring to life the interaction between her subjects in a way that compliments the author’s written words.
Representative clients from the publishing world include: D.C. Heath, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, and Oxford University Press. Corporate clients include: Digital, Zerox, Computer Associates, Parker Brothers, and Milton Bradley.
More of Susan's illustrations here.
All throughout her career as an illustrator, she continued to develop her skills in oil painting and watercolor, and continues to exhibit in several regional art associations, galleries, and corporate spaces. She also teaches drawing and watercolor through the Newburyport Art Association and visits schools and libraries to conduct workshops on a regular basis.
Find out more about Susan's fine art on her website. This is where you can keep up to date with classes she is offering.
Regarding her upcoming show, Spellman says, “ Although painting is my primary interest and focus now, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back and share my journey as an artist in this exhibit “To Tell A Story”.