Susan E. Klinger
East Norriton, PA

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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 online through her own website, 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 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is an elected artist member of the American Artist’s Professional League and also a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, MCGOPA, Greater Norristown Art League, Perkiomen Valley Art Center, and Philadelphia Tri-State Artist’s Equity.

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. 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.


Many of my paintings may be familiar scenes but perhaps overlooked in the fast pace of today’s society. My subjects are diverse, with an emphasis on nature. Inspiration occurs while gazing up into a tree’s canopy, at the sight of water splashing over rocks, or at the play of shape and color at the local farmer’s market.  Light and how it interacts with shape plays an important role in the many of the subjects I have chosen to paint. A recurring theme is a reflection, whether the broken reflection of objects floating on water or the unexpected reflections found in the glass.  I enjoy the challenge of capturing the transparency of glass and the movement of water while rendering the many reflections.