Susan Cottle

Susan Cottle Alberto is a painter who lives and works in New York City and Honesdale, PA.  She received her MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in her hometown, Beverly, Massachusetts.

Susan is Part-Time Associate Professor of Art at Parsons, The New School for Design, and has taught extensively in learning abroad programs and plein air workshops in Italy, including SACI Florence, St. John’s University, Rome, and Montserrat, Viterbo where she was Program Co-Director from 2016-2017.  In New York, Susan has taught at St. John’s University, The 92nd Street Y and The New York Academy of Art.

Susan has exhibited in New York City, The North East and abroad, including The Painting Center, First Street Gallery and Synagogue for the Arts.  Her work is in the collection of the Petrified Forest, Arizona, where she was a National Park Service Artist-In-Residence.  Most recently, Susan exhibited in Across the Delaware at the Cooperage and Art in Sixes at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

This Fall Susan was awarded an academic sabbatical to develop a body of landscapes in the Dolomite mountains in Northern Italy and in Northeast PA.  In June, Missing Pieces Gallery, Honesdale, will host a solo exhibition of Susan’s paintings.

Susan works in oil, gouache, watercolor, and collage, in genres ranging from urban streets and piazzas and rural landscapes to still life, portrait and figure paintings.

“I am endlessly attracted to the mysteries of light, and atmosphere.  Light and shadow are Nature’s selection and editing tools, and her paintings are an interactive, real-time canvas of shifting values, colors and shapes that provide me with an inventory of possibilities to be revisited in the studio. I feel compelled to record and re-arrange bits and pieces of what I see.  While the initial inspiration is perceptual, my studio work is analytic and exploratory.  I shift and redraw edges, shapes and focal points.  I propose color experiments and new mark and scale juxtapositions and transitions or shift the work in a new direction”.

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