Meet this week’s Plein Air Ambassador, Susan Nicholas Gephart.

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Influenced by her artist father, Susan Nicholas Gephart developed a deep appreciation of the earth and its relationship to art when she was a young child. Her passion to explore the landscape is expressed through a unique use of color, texture, and atmosphere, capturing the emotion of a moment with spontaneity and directness. Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1979, and an Associate in Arts from Montgomery County Community College in 1977. She has been exhibiting and painting award-winning landscapes for over forty years. Her colorful, impressionistic plein air pastels and oils are in private and permanent collections internationally. Susan is an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, and past president of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. She also co-founded the Plein Air Painters of Central Pennsylvania.

Susan has been instructing pastels since the mid ‘80s, and organizing the Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreats for all levels and mediums for 22 years. All of Susan’s workshops are supported by top national art supply companies, allowing her students to sample a variety of fine art products. Her workshops are advertised in Pastel Journal and PleinAir Magazine, and her art is advertised in Fine Art Connoisseur. She has been on the Plein Air Convention faculty since 2016.

In July 2018, Susan led the first Sennelier-sponsored Brittany Skies & Seas workshop. Pierre-Yann Guidetti hosted the artist retreat at his family home in Kerrema, Brittany, France.

Susan’s home studio of 34 years is a 1902 house located in Victorian Bellefonte. It includes three floors of galleries and two working studios.

Painting plein air - Susan Nicholas Gephart - Serenitys Haven
“‘Serenity’s Haven”‘ was created at the Publisher’s Invitational in the Adirondacks. I will continue to return to this event because of the tranquility I can find in quiet places like this to center my artistic soul.”
Pastel landscape painting - Susan Nicholas Gephart - Summer Serenity
“‘Summer Serenity’ was an incredible day exploring pastel color plein air painting. Pastels are my passion medium and I love using watercolor as an underpainting to kick up the intensity from the start. This is a place I will return again to find that moment of serenity.”

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