Expedition Organizer and American Artist: Susan Fox

Hustai National ParkThe WildArt Mongolia Expedition started with equal parts wanting to see Takhiin Tal, the first place where takhi/Przewalski’s horse was reintroduced to Mongolia, being inspired by Roy Chapman Andrews’ Central Asiatic Expeditions of the 1920s and coming up with the idea of a collaboration between Mongol and western artists to support conservation. The Expedition has been two years in the planning. There has never been a trip quite like it, traveling to a remote part of Mongolia that almost no westerners have ever been, being the first western artists to go there and to work with Mongol artists, then hold an exhibition of our work to draw attention to conservation.

Red Bushes, Hustai National Park

Red Bushes, Hustai National Park, 2012

ARTIST STATEMENT

Although I’ll paint any subject that captures my fancy, my favorite subject is the natural world, especially animals. I work in a traditional oil technique, always striving for a personal, painterly expression. Fieldwork to see my subjects in their own habitat is extremely important. My travels to accomplish this have included trips to Mongolia, Kenya, Canada and Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier National Parks. I take many photos and sketch on location as much as possible. Drawing, for me, is a fundamental part of painting and, fortunately, I love to draw.

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.

Birch-TreesWatercolors done on location at Hustai National Park, September 2012

Rock formation and bird, Hustai National Park

Rock formation and bird, Hustai National Park, 2012

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Society of Animal Artists (Signature Member, Board of Directors)
Oil Painters of America
American Women Artists

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
John Seerey-Lester, Paco Young, 1999
Paco Young, 2001
John Banovich, 2002
Jackson Hole Art Academy
Jim Wilcox, 2003
Scott Christensen Ten Day Plein Air Intensive, 2004
Simon Combes’ Artist Safari, Kenya, 2004

SPECIAL  HONORS
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.

Field sketches from my 2012 journal:

4.-Ikh-Nart-valley15-flowers,-elm-trees23-khadag

SELECTED SHOWS/COMPETITIONS/AWARDS

My Mongolia: The Paintings of American Artist Susan Fox”- a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mongolia, August 2013

“Art and the Animal”- Society of Animal Artists, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

“Fall Juried Open Exhibition”- American Academy of Equine Art, 2009, 2011, 2012

“Art and the Animal Kingdom XVI”- Bennington Center for the Arts, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

“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 Award, “Heavy Lies the Head”

“16th Annual Juried Art Competition Show and Sale” – Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, 2008

“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,

“Small Works–Big Impressions” – Society of Animal Artists, The Wildlife Experience, Denver, Colorado, 2007, 2008

“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” – 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

Camels, Arburd Sands, 2012

Camels, Arburd Sands, 2012

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