Suzanne Sullivan defines herself as a classical realist painter influenced by the Dutch and Flemish masters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Suzanne is a great admirer of the Baroque painters. The drama and intimacy they brought to their work serves as a primary source of her inspiration.Suzanne strives to create a subtle yet tactile atmosphere in her paintings. “The European Masters described it as ‘chiaroscuro’ meaning strong contrasts between light and dark areas in a painting.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Greensboro, N.C., Suzanne knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist. After earning a BFA in 1980 from Parsons School of Design in New York City, Suzanne began what was to be a prolific career as an illustrator, working in a style best described as photo-realism. Retirement was the right thing when the children were small. However, when her youngest reached school age, she felt pulled to resume painting. Her current work focuses on still life.