Susan E. Klinger
East Norriton, PA
Artist Bio & Statement
Artist, Susan Klinger began painting in watercolor, but made the transition to pastel many years ago. “The first time I worked in pastel, I was intrigued by the direct application of pigment to the surface.” Realism has always been her primary focus, but pastel has allowed her to be more expressive and bold in her use of color. “I enjoy the challenge of manipulating color and value to create the illusion of reality on the two-dimensional surface.” Susan also continues to work in watercolor and oil from time to time and has recently been exploring abstraction as a way to express a different side of her artist personality.
The two styles of working are quite different, yet each fulfills a need to express her artistic vision in a different way.
Her work has been exhibited in shows throughout the eastern U.S. including the Pastel Society of America Annual Juried Exhibition, the American Artists’ Professional League Grand National Exhibitions, the Northeast National Pastel Exhibitions and the Shades of Pastel National Exhibitions. She exhibits regularly at Off the Wall Gallery in Skippack, PA and is also represented on-line through her own website, www.susanklinger.com and Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including awards in several national exhibitions. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is a fellow in the American Artist’s Professional League and a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, Greater Norristown Art League, and Perkiomen Valley Art Center.
Ms. Klinger taught fine art at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, PA, for 34 years, retiring in June 2014. During her tenure at Perkiomen Valley, she served as the chairperson of the fine arts department for 14 years, began the Advanced Placement art program at PV, and was the dual credit instructor in drawing and painting for Montgomery County Community College (PA). She also has served as an adjunct instructor at Cabrini College and she has taught painting workshops for adults as well as private teaching. She received a bachelor’s degree in art from Millersville University, and a master’s degree (M.Ed. Art) from Kutztown University.