About

Location watercolor painting at Hustai National Park, September 2012

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

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.

A Good Stretch oil 20x24" "Accepted into Art and the Animal" 2015 $3500

A Good Stretch oil 20×24″, accepted into “Art and the Animal” 2015 $3500

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Society of Animal Artists, Signature Member
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
Salmagundi Club, Artist Member
American Academy of Equine Art, Juried Member
Expedition Art
Westhaven Center for the Arts

The Explorers Club, Fellow (FN’14)
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

EDUCATION
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

SPECIAL  HONORS

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

SELECTED SHOWS/COMPETITIONS/AWARDS

“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

“107th Thumbox Exhibition and Sale”- Salmagundi Art Club, 2015

“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

Conservation
Founder and President, Art Partnerships for Mongolian Conservation
Current projects:
The WildArt Mongolia Expeditions
Supporting “Ikh Nart is our Future”- a women’s felt craft collective, Dalanjargalan Soum, Dornogobi Aimag, Mongolia
Supporting Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, Dornogobi Aimag, Mongolia
Supporting the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project- https://www.bankhar.org/

Sunrise, Jargalant Hairhkan Uul from Khar Nuur, Khar Us Nuur National Park

Sunrise, Jargalant Hairhkan Uul from Khar Nuur, Khar Us Nuur National Park

PUBLICATIONS/WRITING/BLOGGING/SOCIAL MEDIA

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.

Zorgul Hairkhan Uul

Zorgul Hairkhan Uul

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY
I grew up in Redwood Country, on the north coast of California, and always loved to draw, my favorite subject being animals.
After working for fifteen years as a sign painter, graphic designer and illustrator, I started to paint full time in oil in 1997.
Over the years I’ve traveled to many parts of the world including Kenya, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Canada and many states, including Alaska and Hawaii and also national parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier.
In the spring of 2005 my life, both personally and artistically, changed forever when I went on my first trip to Mongolia through an Earthwatch Institute-supported project which was, and still is, carrying out the only research on Gobi argali, the world’s largest mountain sheep. Ten of us were at Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, Dornogobi Aimag for two weeks, during which time we assisted the researchers in a number of areas. I spent three days out in the reserve doing direct behavioral observations, along with participating in the first transect population survey of argali and helping with radio telemetry tracking. What I learned there has informed my art to this day and a number of the researchers have become good friends.
I am currently the only American artist who travels yearly to Mongolia and is specializing in subject matter from the country, including the animals, land and people. My paintings have been in a variety of juried exhibitions in the United States. In 2013 I was honored to have a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, the capital. In 2014, I was in a three-person exhibition with two Mongol artists at the Union of Mongolian Artists Gallery.
My trips to Mongolia, a place where art runs deep in the culture, has inspired me to find ways to use art to support conservation there. In 2013, I led the first WildArt Mongolia Expedition to the far western Gobi, where we observed and recorded snow leopard habitat in the Gobi Altai Mountains, takhi/Przewalski’s horse and khulan/Mongolian wild ass at Takhiin Tal in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area and critically endangered saiga antelope in Sharga and Darvi Soums. In 2014, the second WildArt Mongolia Expedition traveled to the Hentii Mountains to find and observe a variety of species of cranes and attend the first-ever International Crane Festival, a collaboration between Mongolian, Chinese and Russian researchers and the local community, and then south to Toson Hulstay Nature Reserve, which preserves the largest area of the grassland steppe (larger than the state of Rhode Island) in the country for wildlife such as the Mongolian gazelle. The third WildArt Mongolia Expedition in 2015 explored western Mongolia, including the Hokh Serkiin Nuruu Strictly Protected Area, Khar Us Nuur National Park and the Khomyn Tal takhi reintroduction project in Zavkhan Aimag. In 2016 the fourth Expedition journeyed to the remote Great Gobi A Strictly Protected Area, home to endangered species like the Gobi bear and wild bactrian camel. You can read more about all the Expeditions on the blog here on my website.
I have also acquired a deep interest in Mongolian culture, working to learn both the language and customs of these legendary, but today quite modern, people, who once conquered the largest land empire in history and have been part of The Great Mongolian State, founded by Chinggis Khan, since 1206. I’ve seen the sun go down over the Flaming Cliffs, visited remote monasteries, rough-camped in the deep countryside where you can set up a tent anywhere you’d like, ridden Mongol horses, drunk airag (the famous fermented mare’s milk), visited nomadic herder’s gers and spent many hours observing a variety of Mongolian wildlife, including argali, Siberian ibex, bokh (red deer), takhi, Siberian marmots, hamsters, jerbils, eurasian black vultures, cranes, waterfowl, golden and steppe eagles.

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