Susan Lyon grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. Her initial interest in art was sparked by a television show on Georgia O’Keeffe. Lyon studied painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the respected Palette and Chisel Club, where she first began exhibiting and selling her work.
Lyon draws inspiration from painters such as Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, and Cecelia Beaux. Her technique is to paint wet-on-wet with a balance of scratchy brushwork against thick, opaque strokes for the lights. Her mediums of choice are oil, pastel pencil, and charcoal, with occasional forays into watercolor.
At the 2016 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, Lyon won the Donald Teague Memorial Award. Her other awards include two First Place Awards in the Palette and Chisel Gold Medal Show; two Honorable Mentions at the Western Rendezvous of Art; and an Honorable Mention and Second Prize from the International Artist magazine art competitions. She has been featured in Art of the West, The Artist, The Artist’s Sketch Book, Art-Talk, International Artist, Southwest Art, and U.S. Art. Visions and Voyages: The Art of Susan Lyon was published in 2008.
Lyon lives in a rural area of North Carolina with her husband, artist Scott Burdick, whom she met at the Palette and Chisel Club. She moved from Chicago to North Carolina to escape the hectic pace of city life as well as to experience an entirely different part of the country. Surrounded by nature, her studio allows her the space and privacy to grow as an artist. It also serves as a perfect home base for her painting trips and travels all around the world.
Susan Lyon is represented by Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado; Germanton Gallery, Germanton, North Carolina; InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Sage Creek Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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