Thursday, October 4, 2012

IT’S A DOG’S (& CAT’S) WORLD Watercolor Artist – Susan Kessler

"I love the experience of making the pet come alive on the paper,” says Susan Kessler.  In this one-woman show on October 5th, Ms. Kessler will exhibit one of her favorite painting subjects - pet portraits.  She works to capture the unique personality of the pet.  She started by painting her Yorkie and a friend’s cat!  Since that time, she has painted numerous types of dogs and cats on a commission basis. 

Ms. Kessler grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, and a suburb outside of Boston.  She attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham with a major in German and a minor in Psychology.  Her only concentration in art was an art history course in her senior year.  After college, Ms. Kessler moved to Portland, Maine, and became a social worker.  In 1985, Ms. Kessler married and moved to Palm Bay.  She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work in April of 1990. 

She began her watercolor lessons in 1998.  “Art provided the balance I really needed to offset the seriousness of social work”.  She took individual watercolor lessons from Dan Wukitz for a year and a half.  Since then, she has done street shows, festivals, local and out-of-town.  She has won several awards for her paintings.  Ms. Kessler joined the Brevard Watercolor Society in 2003.  She took many workshops with BWS.  She served as a Vice President of BWS in 2005 and 2006.  She credits several artists with helping her along the way to learning watercolor - Linda Neal, Pat Weaver in Dade City, J. J. Tremble.  Her journey continues, helping to start a gallery in 2007, managing, and teaching there.  In August of 2007, she answered an ad run by Brevard Cultural Alliance regarding the need for local artists to teach art in the Brevard County School System.  She was chosen for two artist residencies.  She taught at Sunrise Elementary and Bayside High School.  Susan also taught at Enterprise Elementary School in Port St. John and 7th grade students at Southwest Junior High School in Palm Bay.  She joined Art and Antique Studio and Gallery in 2011.  

 She teaches watercolor at the Courtyard Studio (behind Art and Antique Studio) on Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  Contact Susan at: or

“I love watercolor since there is always something new to learn – a new technique, new paper, new paints, new pets, new portraits during this phase of my watercolor career.” 

What:                          Eau Gallie Art Walk
Reception – 5:30 – 8:30pm
 When:                         Friday, October 5, 2012
Where:                         Art and Antique Studio & Gallery
1419 Highland Avenue
Phone:                         321-253-5553


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