Susan Headley Van Campen
(b. 1951)

Susan Van Campen’s plein-air oil paintings are painted with the confident brushwork of a watercolorist, achieving bold impressions of Maine’s landscapes. Her small impressions capture big moments – rapidly changing weather, vast landscapes, dramatic shadows, and heavy clouds.

Susan Van Campen received a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has had solo exhibitions at Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts; and Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, among others. Her works are held in numerous public collections both nationally and internationally.

“I like to paint what I see that strikes me at the moment. Things that don’t last long – like flowers and skies, water, the sunrise, clouds, approaching storms, a dandelion, an open tulip just before the petals fall off – a poppy bud before it bursts … as simple as possible, without laboring. I am trying to capture the color and shape the first time, that’s all.”