Gallery

Artist Statement

As an artist I am fascinated with all of nature, but especially the human countenance. I have lived in Africa, Europe, and the US, and I love painting people of various cultures.

The study of the effects of light and color on my subjects are an endless source of inspiration for me. I have developed a unique style of painting with oil pastels that results in striking portraits that glow with dramatic light, various textures, and complementary color contrasts. For me, working with oil pastels is the best of both worlds, allowing for painterly textures and colors combined with expressive mark-making.

A Daughter of Us All by Susan E. Brooks, Oil Pastel on Paper, 24 x 18 inches, from the archives of Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
I cannot get over the beauty of people–I hope I never do. Though all of creation moves me, I keep returning to the profound glory of the human countenance, in all of its colors and variations, all reflecting the image of God.
A detail from A Daughter of Us All by Susan E. Brooks, Oil Pastel on Paper, 24 x 18 inches, from the archives of Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Curious, by Susan E. Brooks, Oil Pastel on Paper, 24 x 18 inches, SOLD

An African Madonna, by Susan E. Brooks, 20 x 30 inches, oil pastel on mat board, $850.00
Coming Into the Light by Susan E. Brooks, 24 x 18 inches, Oil Pastel on Paper, $700.00
Window to the Soul, Oil Pastel on Pastel Paper, 14 x 11, by Susan E Brooks, $500.00
Strength in Blue, Oil Pastel, 20×24 inches by Susan E. Brooks. SOLD
We saw this young boy relaxing with his donkey as we traveled through Burkina Faso. Oil pastel on mat board, by Susan E. Brooks
We saw this young boy relaxing with his donkey as we traveled through Burkina Faso. Oil pastel on mat board, 30 x 20 by Susan E. Brooks. SOLD
Sis and Me, Oil pastel on Paper, 24 x 18 inches, by Susan E. Brooks, $700.00
Tanzanian Chidren, 17x20, pastel on paper, by Susan E. Brooks
A Light Has Dawned, 17×20, Oil Pastel on Paper, by Susan E. Brooks, $600.00
Hero’s Journey, Oil Pastel on Paper, 20 x 16 inches, by Susan E. Brooks. SOLD
Blessing: “For the first time in my life, I have place to call home.” Oil Pastel on Pastel Paper, 16×20 in. This painting, created for the KRM We Create Events in honor of World Refugee Week,  represents the many refugees who are so grateful to have a home here in Louisville, and they want to be a blessing by helping others.
Aimee is happy that her name means “Beloved of God.” This oil pastel painting, created for the KRM We Create Events in honor of World Refugee Week, represents the many refugees who have suffered so much, yet they know they are “beloved of God.” Oil Pastel on Pastel Paper, 16×20 in.
Reading with Poppy
Reading with Poppy, 24 x 18, Oil Pastel on Paper, by Susan E. Brooks
Oil pastel on paper, by Susan E. Brooks
Keeping up with Big Sister, Oil pastel on paper, 14 x 11 inches, by Susan E. Brooks

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The Gate into the Unknown, Oil on canvas panel, 11×14, Plein Air Painting, Anchorage, KY by Susan E. Brooks, available at Jane Morgan Gallery.
This story was inspired by a story told to me by my grandson Eleazar. Available for purchase here.

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7 thoughts on “Gallery”

  1. Love all your beautiful work!! Do you still have the one of the old railroad bridge over the Ohio? Or a print? Miss seeing you around PCS!

  2. Your work is so beautiful and clearly portrays your unique style! We find your “Three Grandchildren” and “Kid and Turtle” pieces to be our favorites. “Hannah” reminds Anamaria especially of her little sister, which is an interesting connection to make. We will anticipate some of these lovely pieces to be uploaded onto our class blog.
    Wage Art!

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the specific compliments! The class blog is for showcasing student work, but perhaps I’ll post something of mine at some point. Thank you for the sweet thoughts. Hannah is my daughter, and that was her favorite hat when she was a toddler. Turtle is one of my favorites too! The sunlight on his little toes (Kirk when he was little!) was creating such bright colors! His feet are my favorite part of that pastel painting.

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