Susie Hyer has been drawing and painting since she was a child. “I remember drawing a pair of ceramic flamingos my mother used to keep on her dining room table when I was four years old”, she says. “I knew from that moment I would be an artist when I grew up.”
Born Susan Lynn Hyer in 1954, and known by the moniker Susiehyer, she was fortunate to have multiple art classes in both primary and secondary public education. Attending art programs at Moravian College, The Baum School of Art, and the University of West Florida in the 1970’s, she continues to study and expand her repertoire and abilities, attending the Art Students League of Denver and participating in workshops whenever she can, with artists such as Quang Ho, Kim English, Ron Hicks, Jay Moore, and Kevin Weckback. In 2001 she also completed the Denver Botanical Gardens Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.
This award winning artist has been working professionally since 1976 and has been the recipient of a number of scholarships, grants, and awards for her work, including two international design awards. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and national exhibitions, hangs in many private and corporate collections, and has been published in the celebrated books Art of the National Parks: Historical Connections, Contemporary Interpretations and Landscapes of Colorado. Susiehyer’s work has also been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, and on the covers of Art Life, Evergreen Living, and Mountain Country Life. Most recently she was included in the American Art Collector Series of books. She has been a National Vice President of the Women’s Caucus for Art, President of the New Orleans Chapter, and is a signature member of Oil Painters of America , signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico , signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and Plein Air Painters of Hawaii .
Susie Hyer maintains a home, studio, and multiple gardens in Evergreen, Co where she lives with her husband, sometimes one or two grown children, a dog, two cats, and numerous elk, deer, and other wildlife. She continues to push herself in new directions and challenge herself artistically, traveling to paint “en plein air” (outdoors/on location), and working from sketches, field studies, and photos in the studio. Painting trips outside of Colorado usually include Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and southern Utah, Sedona, Taos, California and Hawaii. And when the right opportunity arises, there is international travel as well…..Mexico, Tahiti, Belize, Corsica, France, Portugal. She teaches workshops out of her studio in Evergreen and is an invited juror for local and and national exhibits.
Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa., 1972-76 Bachelor of Arts/Fine Art, Scholarship Award
Baum School of Art, Allentown, Pa., 1977 Scholarship Award
University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla., 1978-79 Scholarship Award
Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program, 2002-03
Art Students League of Denver, 2002-2004 (studies with Quang Ho, Kim English, Doug Dawson, Kevin Weckbach, John Lencicki, Ron Hicks)
extended studies with Kevin Weckbach, workshops with Quang Ho, Dan Beck, Kim English
Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO 2015, one woman show
Byers-Evans Museum, Denver,CO 2013
Evergreen Fine Art, 2013, one woman show
Byers-Evans Museum, Denver, CO, 2013
Lakewood Cultural Center, 2013, one woman show
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver 2009, one woman show
Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder 2008
Rotary Gallery, Evergreen, 2008, one women show
Center for the Arts Evergreen, 2007, one woman show
The Framed Image Denver 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Cultural Council of Estes Park Gallery, “Susiehyer At Large”, Estes Park, CO, 2007, one woman show
National Exhibitions include : Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America Exhibit 2019, OPA National Exhibitions 2012, 2014, 2015; OPA’s Western Regional 2010, 2016; OPA Salon Shows, 2010, 2015, 2016: American Impressionist Society 2015, 2017: Women Artists of the West 2009; Salon International; Paint America Top 100: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Art for the Parks 2005 , Top 100 and Mini 100 Competition; Arts for the Parks 2005, 2006: Top 100 and 2nd 100.