Artist Statement: I want to stand out with beautiful mid-tones in a world full of pop
Susan Gill Dull was educated at Collegiate School in Richmond and graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg as an art history/literature major with a minor in photography. During her junior year at the University of Reading, England, she studied with John Kenworthy-Brown (19th c. British art/architecture) and at the Courtauld Institute of Art with Linda Nochlin.
From 1974-1994 Susan worked for the Virginia State Legislature in the environmental area, primarily focusing on land use and water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay. She also worked for the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
Photography has been a life-long interest and led the way to studio art which Susan began in 1994 with drawing lessons at the VMFA with Marjorie Perrin. From there oil painting lessons with various instructors in Richmond. In order to better understand painting materials, Susan studied at the Loughcrew School, Dublin, with Emily Dashwood Naper, including oil painting techniques, including varnish, glazing and mixing pigments. One favorite workshop at Graves Mountain Lodge was with Ross Merrill, Director of Conservation at the National Gallery who was also a noted landscape painter and teacher. She paints every summer in the Nimrod Hall Summer art school (Bath Co.) and with Curney Nuffer in Richmond and also attends workshops with Dawn Whitelaw in Tennessee.
Today Susan paints oil on canvas landscapes, many reflecting her love of landscapes in Bath County and around the Chesapeake Bay. Her paintings hang in collections from VA to CA, Italy and England, as well as the Crossroads Art Center (Richmond) and the Cabell Gallery (Lexington).