Location watercolor painting at Hustai National Park, September 2012
The major themes of my work have always been the natural world and its wildlife and, since 2007, the country of Mongolia…the animals, land and people. I take a traditional, naturalistic approach to my depictions of animals, relying on field researchers as needed to ensure that my subjects are correct in appearance and behavior. This does not limit me in any way, but liberates me to understand the meaning of what I see and then to fully represent it on canvas.
A painting begins with experiencing, observing and recording the land and my subjects during my travels (twelve trips in thirteen years to Mongolia. plus a variety of other locations over the last twenty years). I sketch and paint on location, also using both still photography and video to record what I’ve seen. Back in the studio, I sort my images into a variety of categories in Photos for easy access, selecting the ones that catch my eye as possible future paintings by putting them into their own “Albums” in Photos on my iMac. When deciding on a subject I look for strong design possibilities, good patterns of positive/negative shapes. the quality of the light and interesting gestures, poses or behavior. My process is the tried-and-true traditional one of doing preliminary drawings, value and color studies. I’m interested in accuracy, not detail. My paintings of Mongolian subjects often combine a realistic depiction with decorative, contemporary elements and backgrounds that include the use of traditional and historic symbols and motifs from Mongolian culture.
“Scratch That Itch” oil 10×12″ $840
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
California Art Club, Associate Artist Member
Art Renewal Center (ARC)
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
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
“Focus on Nature XV”- New York State Museum, 2019
“Magnificent Migrations: A Tour of California’s Central Coast- California Art Club and the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, 2019
“International Exhibit of Nature in Art”, Artists for Conservation, 2018, 2019
“60th The Haggin Museum “National Juried Exhibition”, Stockton Art League. 2018
“3rd Annual Animal Kingdom”- Fusion Art, 2018, 3rd Place, Traditional Painting
“Wildlife Treasures”- juried exhibition, Nature Art Gallery and Museum, Sandhurst, UK, 2017
“Wildlife Art: Field to Studio”- a group exhibition at the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut, 2016
The 2013 WildArt Mongolia Expedition group exhibition- Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2014
“My Mongolia: The Paintings of American Artist Susan Fox”- a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, August 2013
“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
“Salon International”- Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, 2011
“51st Annual Spring Juried Exhibition” – Redwood Art Association, 2009, Janie Walsh Memorial Painting Award
“Wild Things” – California Art Club, 2007, Juror’s Choice Award
“American Artists Abroad” – Bennington Center for the Arts, 2006, 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”, three-artist exhibition – William F. Cody Gallery, August, 2000
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– a series of expeditions to different areas of Mongolia for the purpose of highlighting a variety of endangered species and habitats through art created on location and afterwards in the studio
Advisory Team Member, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve- art for fundraising; social media support
Argali Wildlife Research Center– research support by providing field photos
EARTHWATCH PROECTS: Kenya’s Wild Heritage, 1999 Roman Fort on Tyne, 2000 Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge, 2002 Mongolian Argali, 2005
Humboldt State University Natural History Museum
Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation
Sunrise, Jargalant Hairhkan Uul from Khar Nuur,
Khar Us Nuur National Park
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