SusanSusan Garriques is an award winning artist best known for her animal portraits. Susan's "art story" began with a passion for creating dog portraits when she was quite young. Just ten years old, she used her #2 school pencil and lined, three-hole-punch notebook paper for her portraits. Since that time, her passion has grown to include a fascination with rivers and her favorite medium has changed to oil paints, but painting dogs will always have a special place in her heart.

When it came time for her to go to college, realistic art was frowned upon in the art world, and she was too shy to put a portfolio together for art school or to stand up for the type of art she believed in, so she put her brushes away for a few years.

Fate (and her boat) eventually brought her to Key West and artist friends there encouraged her to pick up those brushes again and she hasn't looked back since. While in Key West, Susan studied with the best artists on the island.

More than ten years ago, she discovered Yancey County in North Carolina. The mountains and rivers immediately established a place in her heart. Trading ocean for mountains and a sailboat for a log cabin, she's been calling Yancey County "home" for 9 years now. Susan continues her studies with the very talented artists of this region.

In addition to painting, Susan also enjoys playing her guitar. You'll find her most Saturday mornings at the Music Jam in OOAK Art Gallery in Micaville, NC.

"Giving Back" is something that Susan feels strongly about. She is a member of HeARTs Speak - a group of artists working to promote animal adoption. Creating art that helps animals in need is "painting with a purpose", a concept she finds motivating. She has contributed to the Yancey County Humane Society, the Mitchell County Humane Society and FiFi's Friends with sales of both original paintings and prints.

 

Gallery Representation:

The Toe River Arts Council - Burnsville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Banner Elk Artists Gallery, Banner Elk, North Carolina

 

2017 Exhibitions:

August 25 – September 23: "Toe River Valley" exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
August 19 – September 23: "Toe River Valley" exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, NC
August 3 - September 7: "BRAGging Rights" - Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild Members Exhibit, Herring-Kivette Gallery, Yancey County Public Library, Burnsville, NC
April 8 - May 7: TRAC Gift Shop New Artists Exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, NC


Previous Exhibitions:

2016 - Maples Coffee Shop
Micaville, North Carolina
2016 - Toe River Arts Juried Show
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
2016 - Toe River Arts 8"x8" Exhibition
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
2015 - Toe River Arts Juried Show
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
"River" awarded 2nd place
2015 - Renassiance of the Family Farm - Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild
The Design Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2014 - Regional Art Leagues: Selected Works
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC
2013 - Made to Measure - Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild
TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2013 - The Postcard Exhibit
TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2013 - Toe River Arts Council's Paint Out
Burnsville, North Carolina
2013 - It's A Dog's Life Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
2012 - The Power Of Ten
TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2012 - BRAG On Avery
Dickson Gallery, Linville, North Carolina
2012 - Islands to Highlands
Avery Arts Council, Linvile, North Carolina
2012 - Old Friends Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
2012 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
2011 - Fall Celebration of Arts - Toe River Arts Council
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
"If Wishes Were Horses" received "Show Award"
2011 - Mitchell County Animal Rescue's "Art for Animal's Sake"
Penland School, Penland, North Carolina
2011 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"Charlottesville Hound" received 3rd Place People's Choice Award
2011 - Avery County Arts Council and Art Cellar Gallery Paint Out
Arts Centered Gallery, Banner Elk, NC.
2011 - Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild "Route 80 Back To Our North Carolina Roots" Exhibit
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
2011 - Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters Exhibit
Montreat College, Black Mountain, North Carolina
2011 - Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters Exhibit
The Design Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2011 - Toe River Arts Council Spring Studio Tours
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina and Selena-Glass and Metal, Burnsville, North Carolina
2011 - Toe River Arts Council's Paint Out
Burnsville, North Carolina
2011 - Mug Shots Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild - People's Choice Award Winner
2010 - Toe River Arts Council Winter Studio Tours
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina and Selena-Glass and Metal, Burnsville, North Carolina
2010 - Fall Celebration of Arts - Toe River Arts Council
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
2010 - For Pet's Sake, a group show to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Blackbird Frame & Art, Asheville, NC
2010 - Avery County Arts Council and Art Cellar Gallery Paint Out
Arts Centered Gallery, Banner Elk, NC.
2010 - Mitchell County Animal Rescue's "Art for Animal's Sake"
Carolina Theater, Spruce Pine, NC
2010 - Toe River Arts Council Annual Auction
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
2010 - Toe River Arts Council Spring Studio Tours
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, North Carolina and Selena-Glass and Metal, Burnsville, North Carolina
2010 - Please Match My Sofa Art Show, Conn-Artist Gallery
Hendersonville, North Carolina
"Panther Sofa" awarded 3rd Place in "Sofalicious" Category
2010 - Toe River Arts Council's Paint Out
Burnville, North Carolina
2010 - Women of These Hills , Transylvania Community Arts Center
Brevard, North Carolina
2010 - Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild First Annual Exhibit
Burnsville, North Carolina
2010- Dog-Gonn It Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
2009 - Fall Celebration of Arts - Toe River Arts Council
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
"Early Morning" received Show Award
2009- Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"No Dogs Allowed " received 3rd Place Tie in People's Choice Award
2009 - Cows of Crabtree
Crabtree Creek Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2009 - Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild Founding Members Show
Crabtree Creek Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
2008 - Small Canvas Project
Atlanta, Georgia
2008 - It's A Small, Small Work, Haywood County Arts Council
Waynesville, North Carolina
2008 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"Afternoon Nap" received 4th Place People's Choice Award
2008- Facing South: Portraits By North Carolina Artists
Green Hill Center For North Carolina Arts, Greensboro, North Carolina
2007 - Toe River Arts Council's Paint Out, Burnville, North Carolina
2007 - Artists in Paradise Annual Judged Show,Big Pine Key, Florida
"Bahamian Boys" received Best In Show
2006 - Lemonade Stand Art Studio "Small Works" Exhibition, Key West, Florida
2006 - Key West Art Center Juried Show
2006 - Artists in Paradise Annual Judged Show, Big Pine Key, Florida
"Netta's On Potters Cay" received Second Place in the Graphics Division
2005- November - Stone Soup Gallery, Key West, Florida
"Colored Pencils" by Susan Garriques - Solo Exhibition
2005 Key Women Artists - Key West Customs House
2005- Artists in Paradise Annual Judged Show, Big Pine Key, Florida
"Saddles" received Third Place in the Graphics Division
2004- Key Women Artists - Key West Customs House
2003- Key Women Artists - Key West Customs House

Awards:

2015 - "River" received 2nd Place in the Toe River Arts Fall Juried Exhibition
2011 - "If Wishes Were Horses" received "Show Award" in Toe River Arts Fall Celebration of the Arts
2011 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"Scout" received 3rd Place People's Choice Award
2011 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"Charlottesville Hound" received 3rd Place People's Choice Award
2010 - Please Match My Sofa Art Show, Conn-Artist Gallery
Hendersonville, North Carolina
"Panther Sofa" awarded 3rd Place in "Sofalicious" Category
2010 - Troutacular Paint Out
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
"Troutacular Morning " received 1st Place
2009 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"No Dogs Allowed " received 3rd Place Tie in People's Choice Award
2009 - Fall Celebration of Arts - Toe River Arts Council
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
"Early Morning" received Show Award
2008 - Helping Paws Online Exhibition
Canine Art Guild
"Afternoon Nap" received 4th Place People's Choice Award
2007 - Artists in Paradise Annual Judged Show,Big Pine Key, Florida
"Bahamian Boys" received Best In Show
2006 - Artists in Paradise Annual Judged Show, Big Pine Key, Florida
"Netta's On Potters Cay" received Second Place in the Graphics Division
2005- Artists in Paradise Annual Judged Show, Big Pine Key, Florida
"Saddles" received Third Place in the Graphics Division

Publications:

2013 - Canine Collectible Courier, October 2013 Featured Artist
2011 - Rally To Rescue
- A Purina Pro Plan Magazine
2009 - Great Dogs Amazing Artists by Jan E. Irving

Illustrations:

2008 - Graphic Design for Toe River Arts Council's Annual Art Auction
2004- Easter Seals Annual Christmas Ornament Design
Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly
2000- Best Tips from Women Aboard edited by Maria Russell
1999- Easter Seals Annual Christmas Ornament Design
Loggerhead Turtle in Coral
1997 Pooch Pals and You - Safety First by Doris Phillips

Professional Affiliations:

HeARTs Speak
Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild
Toe River Arts Council
Toe River Valley Plein Air Painters
North Carolina Plein Air Painters