Although I’ll paint any subject that captures my fancy, my favorite subject has always been the natural world, especially animals. Fieldwork to see my subjects in their natural habitat is a critical part of my work and I don’t paint an animal species I haven’t seen myself. I take many photos and sketch live animals and their habitats as much as possible. Drawing, for me, is a fundamental part of painting and I still love to draw as much as I did as a child.
I have found that when you take the time to sit and watch animals, as opposed to just mentally checking off seeing them, they inevitably reveal insights into their lives which are totally separate from any relationship, or perceived value, to humans. The chance to record those moments on canvas is one of the things that gets my creative juices flowing. Animals are all individuals just as we are, with their own habits and quirks. It is this individuality of our fellow sentient beings that I always aspire to communicate in my work along with the beauty and intrinsic value of the places where they live.
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
California Art Club, Associate Artist Member
Westhaven Center for the Arts
The Explorers Club, Fellow (FN’14)
Academy of Art College, BFA Illustration, 1989
Oxford University Christchurch, Summer Session, 1989
The Illustration Academy , 1990, 1991
John Seerey-Lester Master Class, 1997
Beartooth School of Art
Scott Christensen Ten Day Plein Air Intensive, 2004
Simon Combes’ Artist Safari, Kenya, 2004
Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series- “Art and Conservation in the Land of Blue Skies”, 2017
Explorers Club Public Lecture speaker- “Wildlife Art: Field to Studio” group exhibition, 2016
The Explorers Club- Awarded Flag 179 for the 2015 WildArt Mongolia Expedition
Artists for Conservation 9th Flag Expedition Grant, 2009- to study Mongolian argali mountain sheep and assist in the creation of a women’s felt crafts cooperative at Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve
“International Exhibit of Nature in Art”, Artists for Conservation, 2018
“60th Haggin Museum National Juried Exhibition”, Stockton Art League. 2018
“3rd Annual Animal Kingdom”- Fusion Art, 2018, 3rd Place, Traditional Painting
“Annual Members’ Exhibition”- the Salmagundi Club, 2017 (held every year since the club was founded in 1871)
“Wildlife Treasures”- a Society of Animal Artists juried exhibition at the Nature Art Gallery and Museum, Sandhurst, UK, 2017
“Wildlife Art: Field to Studio”- a group exhibition at the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut, 2016
“My Mongolia: The Paintings of American Artist Susan Fox”- a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, August 2013
The 2013 WildArt Mongolia Expedition group exhibition- Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2014
“Art and the Animal”- Society of Animal Artists, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
“Fall Exhibition of Equine Art”- American Academy of Equine Art, 2009, 2011, 2012,, 2014, 2015, 2017
“Art and the Animal Kingdom”- Bennington Center for the Arts, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015
“Black and White Show”- Salmagundi Art Club, 2016, 2018
“Thumbox Exhibition and Sale”- Salmagundi Art Club, 2015, 2017
“Salon International”- Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, 2011
“The Horse in Fine Art: A Salute to the World Equestrian Games 2010” – American Academy of Equine Art, 2010
“51st Annual Spring Juried Exhibition” – Redwood Art Association, 2009, Janie Walsh Memorial Painting Award, “Heavy Lies the Head”
“Spirit of the Horse” – Palos Verdes Art Center, 2008, Third Place Award
AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for March 2008
“Wild Things” – California Art Club, 2007, Juror’s Choice Award
“American Artists Abroad” – Bennington Center for the Arts, 2006, 2007
“The Art of the Horse” – New Jersey Equine Artists Association, 2006
“Marine Wildlife” – Mendocino Art Center, 2007
“Art for the Parks – Top 100” – National Parks Foundation, 2003
“The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration” – Oakland Museum of California, Natural Sciences Department, 2003, 2006
“Just Outside My Door: Flora and Fauna of Kane Ridge” – Solo exhibition, Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, June-August 2002
“California Species” juried show – Oakland Museum of California, Natural Sciences Department, September 30, 2000 through May 13, 2001
“Our Excellent Adventure: Three Wildlife Artists on the Road” – William F. Cody Gallery, August, 2000
William F. Cody Gallery Juried Competition – 1999
Humboldt Arts Council Membership Shows – 1998, 1999, 2000
Artist’s Magazine Art Competition (Wildlife) – Finalist, 1991
Founder and President, Art Partnerships for Mongolian Conservation
The WildArt Mongolia Expeditions
Advisory Team Member, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, Dornogobi Aimag, Mongolia
Support for the Altai Institute- conservation and research in western Mongolia
Support for the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project- https://www.bankhar.org/
Founder and Admin– The Art of Animal Fieldwork, Facebook group, 2017
Visual Notes for Architects and Designers by Paul Laseau; Wiley, 2011– A selection of my iPad drawings of live animals were used in the book to illustrate how an artist could use the iPad as a sketchbook.
The Pet Connection, June 2010– “Cultural Baggage”; blog post commissioned by best-selling author and journalist Gina Spadafori (“Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual”, “Dogs for Dummies” “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual”, etc.) to educate her readers about the assumptions travelers carry with them when traveling to other countries, the specific example being the attitudes Americans have about pet dogs vs. how dogs are used and treated in a country like Mongolia.
Wildlife Art Journal, April 2010– “A Letter From: Fieldwork in the Ancient Kingdom of Chinggis Khan”; Article about my 2009 Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition, illustrated with a slide show of 26 images of drawings from my Expedition journal, photographs from the Expedition and my paintings; Wildlife Art Journal is an online publication dedicated to wildlife art and the artists who create it and which supports conservation through its blog and editorials.
Horse Art Magazine, Spring 2007– “The Horses of Mongolia, Part 1: Khomiin Tal”
Account of my 2006 journey to remote Zavkhan Aimag in western Mongolia to visit the third, most recent takhi release site, located in a river valley called Khomiin Tal.
Horse Art Magazine, Summer 2007– “The Horses of Mongolia, Part 2: Hustai National Park” Account of my second visit to Hustai National Park, the second takhi release site, in 2006, which is located two hours west of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
Horse Art Magazine, Fall 2007– “The Horses of Mongolia, Part 3: The Horses that Conquered the World” Account of the domestic Mongol horses, many of which have takhi blood; discusses the horse culture of the Mongols; the use and social behavior of domestic Mongol horses and their place in Mongol culture.