Susan’s Paintings

101. Little Presque Isle

Oil, Lombardy Poplar Tree Bark

7×32

Susan and I love Little Presque Isle 6 miles north of Marquette. We used to go there all year round. One of her most favorite places to go. Susan hand picked the tree bark from Middle Island beach where the Lombardy Poplars are now all gone. It is painted on the smooth inside of the bark. It has mounting wire installed on the back.

102. Pictured Rocks Lovers Leap

Oil, Lombardy Poplar Tree Bark

10×41

One of the first places I took Susan was to Pictured Rocks. She probably took over a thousand pictures while we were on the boat cruise. This was one of them.
Susan hand-picked the tree bark from Middle Island beach where the Lombardy Poplars are now all gone. It is painted on the smooth inside of the bark. It has mounting wire installed on the back.

103. Picnic Rocks

Oil, Keweenaw White Sandstone

11×19

Susan had me collect the white sandstone from the east coast of the Keweenaw to paint on. We lived across the road from Picnic Rocks and Susan spent a lot of time there while I was working.

104. Presque Isle Rocks

Oil on Keweenaw White Sandstone

12×15

Presque Isle in Marquette was one of Susan’s favorite places to go. This was on the East end of the Island, at low water in 2014.

105. McCarty’s Cove and Lighthouse (Small Rock)

Oil on Keweenaw White Sandstone

9×15

Susan’s love for the iconic Marquette Lighthouse is evident in this painting. She loved the beach being right across the street from our apartment in 2013.

106. McCarty’s Cove and Lighthouse (Large Rock)

Oil, Keweenaw White Sandstone

15.5 x 7

Another amazing rock painting of the lighthouse. Every one of Susan’s pictures when painted, matched the shape of the rocks and tree bark. I can only imagine what Susan could have created, if she had lived.

107. Girl with Teddy in Snow

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan loved children. When she came to Marquette, she loved the snow too, hence these wonderful winter scenes.

108. Tube Sledding

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan had a child like love of snow. We spent lots of time playing in the snow together. I think her Snow Series reflect her love of snow.

109. Snow Day

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan was wary of her ability to paint faces. She became very good at it in this touching snow painting.

110. Woman At The Beach

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

Her love of beaches and looking to the horizons inspired her beach paintings.

111. June at the Beach

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan never had a child, but all these beach and snow paintings were completed in her last days. She loved children. Susan must have been happy the day she painted this. This little girl had no fear and was joyfully running into the water, into the unknown. That is how Susan felt on this day.

112. Out for a Beachwalk

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan would see mother’s with children at the beach and take their pictures so she could later paint them.

113. Girl in Pink Bathing Suit

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Little girls, little boys, I think in Susan’s heart they were her children.

114. Boy on Beach

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Such a beautiful face on this little boy. Susan didn’t think she could paint faces. Susan was now painting faces beautifully.

116. Waiting

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Wind, waves and a woman looking out to sea. I wonder what Susan had her thinking.

117. Out for a swim

Oil, Canvas Board

5×6

In Marquette the beach was our second home. Susan often took pictures there and this was one of them from McCarty’s Cove. This is the smallest  size Susan painted. A very delicate creation, by a woman trying to look to the unknown as she faced her fight with cancer. 

118. Tracing Love in the Sand

Oil, Canvas Board

5×6

From our Honeymoon at Cannon Beach on, we always wrote of our love for each other in the sand.

119. Black Rocks Leap of Faith

Oil, Canvas Board

5×6

Susan did not swim well, so she never jumped from the Black Rocks at Presque Isle. She loved watching others do so.

120. Afternoon Near the Mountains

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

I don’t know what inspired her paintings of children at the fence’s series. Maybe just her child-like heart at play.

121. Afternoon Near the Woods

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan loved playing with different backgrounds. She was a true master at her craft.

122. Flowers on her Hair

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan had taken some pictures of a friend in Seattle in a field of flowers and inspired this series.

123. Flowing Colors

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

This truly was inspired by how Susan thought, and how she was facing her cancer. She is dancing in Heaven now.

125. Catch a Butterfly

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

Susan’s love of nature was legendary. All God’s creation thrilled her, even the smallest things.

126. On the Farm

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

I was stunned when Susan showed me this.

127. Old Dead River Bridge in Fall

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

On the “Yooper Pasty” Facebook page Susan saw this. We used to go there for pictures. She loved that old bridge.

128. McCarty’s Cove Lighthouse at Sunset

Oil, Canvas Board

9×12

Another amazing sunset painting at the iconic Lighthouse.

129. East Sky at Sunset

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

Sunsets were one of Susan’s favorite things to watch. One day she looked eastward during the sunset and took this picture to paint.

130. Susan at Carmel-by-the-Sea

Oil, Canvas Art Paper Professionally Mounted & Framed

16×10

Susan loved her remote control for her camera. This was a self-portrait of her loving the Pacific beach in California.

131. Woman Washing Clothes

Oil, Canvas Board

8×10

One of her last paintings. Such an angelic face on this Philippine woman washing clothes. I think she really missed being home in her last days. This reminded Susan of growing up in the “provinces” of rural Philippines. This is how they washed their clothes. 

132. Sunflowers

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

I don’t know when she painted this, but she truly loved flowers of all kinds.

133. Leaping Ballet Dancer

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

This personified the heart of Susan. She is now dancing with the Lord.

134. Ballet Dancer

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

A friend of Susan’s in Seattle was a dancer. She inspired this series.

135. Dancing Ballet Slippers

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

Susan was a dancer, but did not do ballet. I think she was amazed at how ballet dancers could stand on their toes.

137. Sunset on the Puget Sound

Oil, Canvas Board

12×16

An early painting done in Seattle. Susan took many day trips and thousands of pictures of what she saw. Then she painted.

138. Still Life with Pitcher

Oil, Canvas Board

12×16

Another early painting of still life. Even then her eye saw unremarkable things and painted them remarkably.

139. Flowers

Oil, Canvas Board

12×16

Another painting from her photograph. Susan loved flowers I think, more than anything. They are as delicate as she was.

140. Before the Storm

Oil, Canvas Board

6×8

Susan loved wild waves and storms. Here again is her mystery woman at the beach loving the water.

141. Philippine Countryside

Oil, Canvas

11×14

Susan loved her homeland and painted it as she remembered it. When we were there, I saw her memory of the countryside was spot on.

142. Pacific Coast Study

Oil, Canvas

8×10

When Susan lived in Seattle, she and her friends and sisters would take weekend trips to explore the Pacific Coast. One of her many pictures of the coast turned into a painting.

143. Peaceful Whirlwind

Oil, Canvas

8×10

Susan took a picture of a “dust devil” in the sunset and this is how she saw it. Not dirty and dusty, but pretty and delicate like her.

144. Misty Mountain Sunset

Oil, Canvas

11×14

The Cascade mountains were Susan’s backyard for several years. This was from one of her many weekend trips there.

145. Pacific Shore

Oil, Canvas

8×10

Another remarkable Pacific coast painting from either Oregon or Northern California. This was prior to 2013 when we married and I moved her to Marquette.

146. Northern Lights

Oil, Canvas

11×14

We only got to see the Northern Lights once in Marquette. Susan was totally fascinated by them. Again, a photograph she painted.

147. Petunias

Oil, Canvas

5×7

Susan started hundreds of petunias inside our house the spring she passed away. I promised her I would plant all of them after she passed away. I cried a thousand tears planting her “babies”.

148. Tulip Fields

Oil, Canvas

8×10

Susan loved the Tulip farms in Washington. This was one of her favorites.

149. Haystack Rock

Oil, Canvas

8×10

This was Susan’s favorite weekend getaway location in Oregon. We honeymooned there, May 1, 2013.

150. Marquette Harbor Lighthouse

Oil, Canvas

8×10

Susan’s photographs of the lighthouse were amazing, as are her paintings of it. She painted more of this site than any other. She truly loved living here in Marquette with me.

151. The Shell

Oil, Canvas

8×10

I don’t know much about this except it was the Pacific coast. It is just remarkable. Similar and perhaps the mate to # 167 “Tiny Palm Island”. Both metaphysical type paintings.

152. Autumn Reflections

Oil, Canvas

24×32

Pointillism at it’s best by Susan! Another of her photographs she painted.

153. Daisies at Mt. Hood

Oil, Canvas

18×24

Climbing the Pacific coast mountains was one of Susan’s loves. This is from one of her photographic adventures.

154. Mt. Rainier

Oil, Canvas

16×20

Susan had an eye for beauty. She truly loved God’s Creation. The majesty of which she shared in this painting.

155. The Slope 2

Oil, Canvas

20×24

Painted from the photograph in painting #156. More of the Cascades in Washington. Yes, she climbed these mountains, took pictures, and then painted them.

156. The Slope

Oil, Canvas

15×30

Another perspective of the Cascades from the same photograph as #155. You can see the clear-cut forests in the hillsides in the background. Remarkable.

157. Happy Meadow

Oil, Canvas

12×24

Fall colors were one of Susan’s love. This was from a hike of hers high up in the mountains. This is truly a joyful psychedelic perspective.

158. Mountain Meadow in Fall

Oil, Canvas

12×24

Another in her mountain, fall color series. Such a beautiful, psychedelic, playful, perspective from a Philippine woman’s eyes.

159. Flowers by the Hillside

Oil, Canvas

12×24

From another springtime hike in the Cascades. She truly loved the mountains.

160. Lake Washington

Oil, Canvas

12×16

Susan’s benefactor lived on Lake Washington in Seattle. There Susan explored and developed her painting skills, letting the paintings dry all over the living room. This was the view out the windows.

161. Coming Home from Market

Oil, Canvas

12×16

This was Susan’s last painting. Originally the women were in a city. I suggested she change the background to the countryside. She loved the idea.

162. Bird of Paradise

Oil, Canvas

14×16

A truly lovely, remarkable painting.

163. Reflections at Sunset

Oil, Canvas

16×20

Lake Washington in Seattle at sunset, through Susan’s eyes. A larger, for Susan, painting.

164. Figure Study

Oil, Canvas

12×16

An early painting in what I call her “Brown” period. A stunning model from her painting class.

165. Woman in Boudoir

Oil, Canvas

12×16

More from her “Brown” period. Perhaps the same model as in painting # 164, “Figure study”.

166. Colors

Oil, Canvas

10×20

Another of her “pointillism” paintings expressing her love and joy of fall colors.

167. Tiny Palm Island

Oil, Canvas

12×16

Perhaps the mate to #151, “The Shell”. Both metaphysical type paintings.

168. Girl with Flowers Study

Oil, Canvas

11×14

A friend of Susan’s was the inspiration of this series. Susan never got to “finish” this. She intended to, but the cancer didn’t let her. It is magnificent even so.

169. Field of Flowers

Oil, Canvas

11×14

From the springtime fields of the Great Northwest that was Susan’s first stop in the United States.

170. Shimmering Sunset on Mt. Washington

Oil, Canvas

11×14

Outside the living room window of Susan’s home in Seattle. I love the shimmering lights of the homes across the lake.

171. Sunset on Mountain Lake

Oil, Canvas

20×16

A slightly psychedelic/ expressionistic styled sunset over one of Susan’s campgrounds.

172. Big Sur

Oil, Canvas paper

20×16

A simply majestic painting of Big Sur done after Susan’s first visit there.

173. Girl in Mirror

Oil, Matted & Framed

12×16

An early painting from Susan’s “Brown” period. The girl in the mirror is amazingly enchanting. In person this painting is very moving.

174. Peacock

Oil, Framed

11×14

What fun Susan must have had painting this peacock. It is full on intense colors and even “feels” real!

175. Daisies

Oil, Matted & Framed

12×16

A 3-D painting including the sides. It is surface mounted to show that. Lovely Daisies!