About Susan Helen Strok
Whether drawing or painting, I am searching for that element of magic that is inherent in figures, objects, and nature. Using Pencil and Paint in a realist style, I create images infused with a twist of mystical narrative.
While I celebrate the exterior form of beautiful women in my figurative art, what truly motivates me is delving below the surface to her interior world. Women are crucibles for dreams, mysteries, dramas, and mythical personas. Their image is heightened through the use of color, metaphor, and symbolic content. Our most private dramas always show through and become a universal story to which the viewer connects.
She is a Contemporary Figurative Artist using classical, realist techniques to create her paintings and drawings. A mystical influence pervades her treatment of figures, objects, and animals sparked by her love of world mythology. Susan says she was deeply inspired by the Fables and Myths of her childhood. She was entranced, not just by the stories, but also by how the art connected her to them. As an adult, she calls upon this influence to tell stories with her own art. The greater body of her work delves into the universal female psyche. Her work is both peaceful and emotionally compelling, inviting one to contemplate a personal response to the image.
Memberships include The Colored Pencil Society of America, International Guild of Realism, Portrait Society of America, Longmont Council for the Arts, and Prospect Artists Association.
Susan in her Studio during Longmont Studio Tour 2014
- "Matchstick & Bramble", Cover of Poetry Book by Lucy Simpson. "Kindred Spirits". published by
Broadkill Press, 2016 www.thebroadkillriverpress.com
- Manhattan Arts International. Award of Excellence for "wake Up Call", juried into the "New Beginnings" online exhibit, December 27, 2016 to February 27, 2017. www.manhattanarts.com
"Dia de Los Muertos and Holiday" Shows: October 9-December 21, 2015. Muse Gallery. www.artslongmont.org
Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO: January 10 -March 1, 2014. "Crystal Visions", "Kindred Spirits", "Fields of Lavender"
Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO: May 9 - June 28, 2014. "Princess", "Camouflage", "Temptation" pastel
Prospect Artist Tour: Longmont, CO. June 21 - 22, 2014. Private Studio - Selected New Works
Longmont Studio Tour: Longmont, CO. September 27 - 28, 2014. Preview Reception at Muse Gallery September 12, 2014
The DARKROOM Gallery: Opening-Friday, November 29, noon, 515 Main Street, Longmont, CO.
The DARKROOM Gala Opening: 515 Main St., Longmont, CO. Saturday, December 12, 6-9 pm.
- Artists Association of Northern Colorado, Ft. Collins, CO. April 5 - 27, 2013. "Princess" pastel painting
- Prospect Artist Tour, Longmont, CO. June 22-23, 2013. Private Studio, Selected New Works
- Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO. January through February, 2012. "Midnight Seer", "Lady of the Willows" mixed media pieces
- Cheyenne Artist Guild, Cheyenne, WY. 42nd National Juried Show, August, 2012. "Camouflage" pastel - 2nd place, portraits
- Longmont Studio Tour, Longmont, CO. September 24-25, 11- 5pm each day. Private Studio at 1515 Main St., #202
- Polar Bear Gallery, Boulder, CO., August, "Wake Up Call"
- 4th Annual Prospect Artist Tour, Longmont, CO. June 25, 26. Home studio exhibition of current works.
- Muse Gallery, "Eco Creations": Eco-Mask-"Demeter"; & "Magical Portraits of Children", Jan. 14-29, 2011, Longmont, CO
- Creative Framing, "Preview Exhibit: Magical Portraits of Children", December 13-18, 2010, Longmont, CO
- Studio, "Introducing Magical Portraits of Children" 2011 Calendar & Notecards, October 10, 2010, Longmont, CO
- Muse Gallery, "Radiant Reflections", October 10-December 23, 2010, Longmont, CO
- FCC Gallery, "Solo Exhibition of Drawings/Paintings", month of November, 2010, Longmont, CO
- Longmont Studio Tour, No. 31 on Tour Map, September 25 & 26, 2010, Private Studio, Longmont, CO
- Muse Gallery, "Preview Exhibit Opening Reception-Longmont Studio Tour", September 10, 2010, Longmont, CO
- Old FireHouse Art Gallery, "SHAZAM ! Miniatures Show", August 20-September 3, 2010, Longmont, CO
- Solstice Gallery, "Inaugural Arts Fest", Opening Exhibit, August 14-September 22, 2010, Longmont, CO
-Old Firehouse Gallery, "Conffetti" Exhibit, April 16-May 7, Longmont, CO
-Muse Gallery, 2 shows: "Spirit of the West" January 8-February 26
-"Eco Creations", March 12-April 24, 2010, Longmont, CO
-Magazine: Best of Artists Working in Charcoal, Pastel & Pencil , Vol I:
www.bestofartists.com/best-of-books Select above issue (artists J-Z)
-Longmont Studio Tour, Sept. 19-20, Home Studio, Colored Pencil & Oi Paintings
-St. John's Art Gallery, "Penciling" Show. November, Boulder, CO, Colored Pencil
-Home Studio Tours, Prospect Artists Association, June and December
-Muse Gallery: 4 Shows: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
-Elements Gallery, Wheat Ridge, CO, August, Colored Pencil Show
-Portrait Alliance of The Rockies, April, Group Show, Muse Gallery West End
-Colored Pencil Society of Am 17th Internatl Exhibition, June “Purple Rain” Colored Pencil Drawing
-Home Studio Tours, Prospect Artists Assn.- Dec. 6-7 & August 10-17
-Boulder Open Studios, October. Oil Paintings & Colored Pencil Drawings. Studio in Boulder, CO
-Longmont Studio Tour. September. 22 & 23 ; Colored Pencil Drawings and Oil Paintings
-Rhythm on The River Art & Music Festival. July, Colored Pencil Art Prints
-Curtis Art Gallery. May 6-June 6. CPSA Member Show. Denver, CO Colored Pencil
-Great Frame-Up Gallery. September “Mermaid As Metaphor”, Drawings & Paintings
-FMP Member Colored Pencil Juried Show. June Honorable Mention. “Lady of the Forest”
-ArtWalk Longmont. Featured Artist. Sept. 15, Longmont, CO
-Anne Arundel Community College: Teachers’ Art. August, Annapolis, MD. Colored Pencil
-Art Splash. June, Annapolis Arts Alliance Exhibit. Annapolis, MD. Colored Pencil
-Love Point Studios Gallery, Stevensville, MD Masks, Prints, Original Drawings. Year-long Show
-Quiet Waters Arts Festival. Annapolis, MD November. Masks and Prints: Goddesses
-Delaware Museum of Art. June, Wilmington, DE Masks: Mythic Women & Archetypal Journeys
-Kent Island Federation of Art, Stevensville, MD “Island’s Best” Show. Masks & Paper Vessels
-Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD “Figurative Works” 3 Person Show. Drawings & Prints
-Maryland Fed. of Art. Annapolis, MD “Art on Paper”, “Mothers’ Day” Drawing. Juror’s Choice Award