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Welcome to the work of Susan Klabak

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Spring on the River
"Spring on the River" by Susan Klabak

Artist Statement -
From my studio overlooking a quiet lake in Wisconsin, I am inspired by the Created world around me. The quiet woods, rolling farmland, winding streams and pristine lakes that are near my home are often the subjects of my landscape paintings. The soft light of early morning, a shroud of fog, the long shadows of late day; the way the light falls on a scene and the mood created by the light is what often attracts my attention. When working en plein air, I quickly capture the moment with broad strokes using the side of the pastel. Whether the work is completed outdoors or in my studio from field sketches and my reference photos, I try to recall my initial emotional response. Expressing the mood evoked by a scene is of more interest to me than creating a literal interpretation. When I have made a connection with the viewer by stirring an emotion or memory, or perhaps a new way of relating to the land, that for me is a successful painting. To share my love of the pastel medium I enjoy presenting workshops in pastel. In addition to my website my work can be seen at

December Morning
"December Morning" by Susan Klabak

Description & Awards -
2015 GLPS Member's Exhibition
Merit Award

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