Sunday, June 5, 2011

About the Artist: Susan L Richardson

Susan L. Richardson
Susan L. Richardson of Apalachicola was born and raised in London, England, the youngest child of very creative parents.

Her father was a member of the Royal College of Art and her mother was a draftswoman before starting a family. Susan painted and drew under their direction until academics got in the way.

Always an entrepreneur, Susan has been, in no particular order, a head hunter, restaurateur, inventor, golf ball hunter, fruit and vegetable picker, car washer, dog/cat/horse/bird and squirrel trainer, real estate mogul (not), women’s accessories representative and jewelry designer/manufacturer/wholesaler.

Over the years she has participated in various art workshops and painted watercolors when in England. After oil workshops were held on St. George Island, she was moved to start seriously painting again, with Historic Apalachicola, her river, bay, and Gulf waters providing an endless inspiration.

In 2010, she had 14 paintings accepted into juried shows at the Atlanta Artists Center (AAC), including one honorable mention.  Also, in August that same year she had two paintings accepted into the Binders – Limelight show and one photograph accepted into the AAC Defoor’s show.

Won Best Emerging Artist in Plein Air Quickdraw

On May 14 of this year, Susan won Best Emerging Artist for painting within two-hours the beautiful beach scene pictured above in the Plein Air Quickdraw event held in Mexico Beach.  The Quickdraw is a signature event for the America’s Great Paint Out, Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, where all artists both professional and amateur are invited to participate and paint within a two-hour window.  This year’s event was judged by accomplished artist Hodges Soileau, from the Ringling School of Art and Design.

While here at home, Susan has displayed her paintings at the Apalachicola Area Historical Society Ilse Newell Concert series and at the Apalachicola Municipal Library.  Her work has also been on exhibition at the Apalachicola Museum of Art and at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce office.

Susan’s paintings are available for purchase at selected outlets throughout Franklin County.  In Apalachicola they can be found both at CafĂ© con Leche and at Forgotten Coast Outfitters, and on St. George Island they can be found at the Sea Oats Gallery.

For more information on Susan L. Richardson paintings, either telephone (850) 653-3838 or email

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