Susan Klabak

Susan Klabak



From my studio in my home in Wisconsin, overlooking a quiet lake, I am inspired to paint my observations of the Created world around me. The quiet woods, rolling farmland, winding streams and pristine lakes that are near my home are often the subjects of my landscape paintings. The soft light of early morning, a shroud of fog, the long shadows of late day; the way the light falls on a scene and the mood created by the light is what often attracts my attention. Expressing the mood evoked by a scene is of more interest to me than creating a literal interpretation.

My paintings are completed both plein air and in the studio. Typically the plein air work is used only as reference to complete finished work in the studio. The field sketches and photo reference are used to help me recall my initial emotional response to the scene. 

I paint what I know and love. Some artists paint to startle or offend, but I paint what I find emotionally moving and usually that is a scene that creates a sense of awe for the beauty of the land and the Creator. When I have made a connection with the viewer by stirring an emotion or memory, or perhaps a new way of relating to the land, that for me is a successful painting.

autumn, river, heron , pine, pastel
snow, lane, sun, shadows, pines,
winter, snow, sunset, blues
winter, fields, setting sun, pastel
plein air, autumn, lane, aspens, gold
setting sun, clouds,