Susan Patla Brereton's passion lies in Maine - there's little about Maine that doesn't appeal to Susan's creative nature. It began at an early age when Susan's father was stationed at the Brunswick Naval Air base. She and her family lived in Bath for the first two years of her life before moving to Connecticut. Even though she's lived there ever since, Susan never stops dreaming of ways to return to Maine.

Fortunately, she has spent her summers in Maine since moving from Bath. The last few years, she vacationed on Vinalhaven where she has been working on a series of Vinalhaven paintings and pastels highlighting images of island life.

If Susan's passion is Maine, her first love is art. Flowers, portraits, and Maine scenes are among her favorite subjects for her oils, pastels, and watercolors. Besides her Maine Event series, she has a floral series done in gouache. Her portraits feature children and pets rendered in oils, pastels, and mixed media.

Susan has exhibited at New Century Artists Gallery in Chalsea, New York. She also has exhibited at a couple of galleries in Vinalhaven, Maine and Islesboro, Maine. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried art shows in Connecticut. She earned her master of fine arts in Illustration from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and her master of arts in illustration from Syracuse University where she studied under such renowned illustrators as C. F. Payne, Murray Tinkelman, Herb Tauss and Betsy and Ted Lewin. Susan has a communications design business called design2, llc located in Simsbury, Connecticut.

For more information about Susan and her art, contact her at her studio at (860).324.8041 or email

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