Suzie Baker, Fine Artist

ABOUT SUZIE BAKER

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University. Following my degree program, I worked as an ad agency Art Director before trading my Pantone swatches for a brush and palette.

I paint in oils and am motivated by color, immediacy of stroke, composition, the camaraderie of other artists, and ultimately the desire to evolve as an artist. I strive to create paintings that communicate confidence in execution and that exhibit a fresh, intuitive, and spontaneous quality. I will paint till I can paint no more. When I'm not painting, I'm thinking about what I want to paint next. I can't not paint.

Publications

  • Plein Air Magazine, August/September Issue, 2015
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, 3 to Watch, July/August Issue, 2015
  • Southwest Art, Artist to Watch, December Issue, 2014
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, September/October Issue, 2014
  • Plein Air Magazine, October/November Issue, 2014

Education

  • Studied with Rob Liberace, Dan Gerhartz, Judy Carducci,
  • Clayton J. Beck III, and Jill Carver
  • BA, Fine Arts and Advertising, Louisiana Tech University, 1992
  • Tech Rome, Louisiana Tech University International Study Course, 1991

Work / Volunteer Experience

  • Oil Painters of America, Board Member, 2013 - Present
  • Baker Art and Design Studio, Owner, 2001 – Present
  • The Focus Group, Art Director, 1995 - 1997
  • Associated Marketing Services, Designer/Art Director, 1992 - 1995

Associations

  • OPA - Oil Painters of America, Board Member - Signature Member
  • PSA - Portrait Society of America
  • AIS - American Impressionist Society - Signature Member
  • NOAPS - National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society - Signature Member
  • LPAPA - Laguna Plein Air Painters Association - Signature Member
  • OPS - Outdoor Painters Society - Signature Member
  • AWA - American Women Artist - Signature Member

Exhibitions and Awards

  • Telluride Plein Air - Artists Choice/Best in Show, 2017
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Online International, Third Place 2017
  • Shadows on the Teche Plein Air, Third Place, 2017
  • Sedona Art Prize - 2nd Place overall, First Place, May 2017 and Finalist for the months of December 2016, January, February and April 2017
  • Art Renewal Center, Publication Award, Collection Magazine Award, 2016
  • Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, Plein Air Magazine Award, 2016
  • 13th Annual Telluride Plein Air - Paint Out Award, 2016
  • Oil Painters of America 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Second Place, Plein Air Competition, 2016 
  • 6th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition, Plein Air Magazine - Best Sketchbook April/May, 2016
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Best of America, Best Composition, 2016
  • Olmsted Plein Air, Renoir Best Figure in the Landscape, 2016
  • Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Salon - Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Richeson, Small Works, 2016
  • EnPleinAir Texas, 2015 - Best West Texas Landscape
  • Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, 2015 - Exceptional Merit
  • Kerrville Outdoor Painting Event, 2015 - Best of Show
  • Richeson, Portrait Figure Show, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America Salon, Plein Air Competition, First Place, 2015
  • American Women Artists, Annual National Juried Competition, 2015
  • Door County Plein Air Invitational, 2015
  • American Impressionist Society, National Exhibition, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 2015
  • Women Painting Women Texas, Georgetown Art Center, 2015
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, Figurative, 2015
  • Telluride Plein Air Invitational, 2014-2016
  • Plein Air Salon, May/June First Place Overall, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America, 24 Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2015
  • Raymar Art Painting Finalist, 8th Annual Competition Months #5,#8,#12 2014-15
  • Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Show, 2015
  • Group Exhibition, Garden District Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2015
  • 16th Annual Laguna Beach, Plein Air Painting Invitational, 2014
  • NOAPS, 24th Best of America Exhibit, 2014
  • American Impressionist Society, National Exhibition, 2014
  • Plein Air Salon, June/July, Best Building, 2014
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Merit Award, 2014
  • Telluride and Aspen Plein Air, 2014
  • Portrait Society of America, Members Only - Outside the Box, Competition, 2nd Place, 2014
  • Salon International, Greenhouse Fine Arts, 2014
  • Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Salon, Artists Choice, 2014
  • Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest Salon, 2014
  • National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, International Fall On-line Exhibition, 2013
  • Plein Air Paint Out, Humble, Texas, First Place, 2013
  • Audubon Artists Incorporated, 71st Annual Exhibition, 2013
  • NOAPS, 23rd Best of America Exhibit, 2013
  • Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists, 7th Annual Competition Month #6, 2013
  • American Women Artists, 16th Annual National Juried Competition, 2013
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 2013
  • Oil Painters of America, 22 Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2013
  • The Hunting Art Prize, Finalist, 2012
  • &Eight, Exhibition, Hubble and Hudson, The Woodlands, Texas, 2012
  • “7 Days in Kerala - 4 Artists 1 Exhibition", AlBareh Gallery, Bahrain 2010, opened by His Excellency the Indian Ambassador to Bahrain, Dr. George Joseph
  • “Visions", American Womens' Association Exhibition, Bahrain National Arts Centre, 2010
  • “Visions", American Womens' Association Exhibition, Bahrain Arts Centre, 2009

Commissions

When you commission me to paint your portrait, you're embarking on a journey. Whether your painting is an expressive, quick sketch or a formal full length portrait, these paintings become a treasured piece of history and are passed down for countless generations.

The sizes of these paintings as well as your investment are approximate and are meant to serve as initial talking points when we begin to discuss your portrait commission. Your final investment is based on my interview with you, the number of subjects in the painting, and its size and complexity. In some cases travel fees, framing charges, shipping charges, or taxes may apply.

Quick Sketch - $750

A quick, impressionistic portrait of the subject's head only with an abstract background and a loose interpretation of the neck and collar area and painted in one 3-4 hour sitting. Your investment starts at $750 for a 9" x 12" painting. Larger sizes are available depending on your needs and budget.

Head and Shoulders Portrait - $1,500

An impressionistic portrait of the subject's head and shoulders only with an abstract background. Your investment starts at $1,500 for a 11" x 14" painting. Larger sizes up to 16" x 20" are available.

3/4 Length Portrait Including Hands - $3,000

An impressionistic portrait of the subject's head, shoulders, chest, arms and hands. Your investment starts at $3,000 for a painting with approximate dimensions of 16 x 20".

Full Length Portrait - $9,000

An impressionistic portrait including the subject's full body. Your investment starts at $9,000 for a painting with approximate dimensions of 30" x 40".