Suzanne Reed Fine Biography
Suzanne is a fourth generation artist, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1967. A native of southern Colorado, Suzanne spent her early years studying alongside her grandmother, father and their contemporaries. While still in high school she began taking college courses, studying color theory and design with watermedia artist Stephen Quiller. Reed Fine attended Adams State University, receiving her Bachelors of Arts degree in Art, with emphasis on drawing and design, with minors in history and marketing. After graduation in 1989, she interned in ASU's Student Activities department before her post graduate work at the Portfolio Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. Suzanne worked in graphic design for several years in Denver and Atlanta before she and her husband relocated to Yorktown, Virginia. It was during this time she decided to turn her focus to painting and became partner in Blue Skies Art Gallery. She studied with Stephen Quiller, Katherine Chang Liu, Alex Powers, Charles Reid, Judi Betts, Eric Wiegardt. She has taken master classes with Bo Bartlett and Stephen Quiller whom she continues to paint and draw with.
She and her family reside in Columbus, Georgia, where she teaches both privately and through Columbus State University Continuing Education. Her work has been accepted in many national shows as well as in private and corporate collections. She was named by Artists' Magazine as one of the top ten "Artists to Watch" 2013, as well as Southwest Art's "Emerging Artists", and "Women in Arts" 2015. She was awarded the Edgar Ewing Award for the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, California. She was selected by the Creede Repertory Theatre for their 2014 Season limited edition Art Poster in Creede, Colorado. She is represented by C. Waters Gallery in Creede, Colorado and Two Sisters Gallery in Columbus, Georgia. She is a member of American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Portrait Painters of America. Suzanne is a founding and active member of the Board of Advisors for the Bo Bartlett Center, in Columbus, Georgia. She helped develop and implement an initiative called "Art Makes You Smart", as part of Partners in Education, bringing art into the classroom, students meet and work side by side with professional artists.
"I am a fourth generation artist who finds artistic inspiration in the mountains of Colorado where I was raised. I try to elicit the unexpected in my work, striking a balance between abstraction and realism. I paint in an energetic style capturing fleeting moments holding them for the viewer to examine and delve further."