About the Artist

I didn’t set out to become an artist, but my passion for art began early on:  in elementary school tempra paints, construction paper and ordinary glue represented a vision to be fulfilled.  While other children longed for toys, my greatest excitement came from visits to the local hobby shop for paint-by-number kits.  I would spend many marathon weekends working on these cardboard canvases.

My second lifelong passion has been for animals – our pets, the birds that visit our feeders and all wildlife that surrounds us.  Consequently, I specialize in pet and nature portraits; my artwork represents the special bond we share with the animals that have etched special places in our hearts.  However diverse we may be, this love of our animals is universal and transcends all languages and borders.  My mission is to create realism – beyond two-dimensional photographs – I want to portray the spirit and essence of my subjects.   By the time a piece is complete -- having sculpted every curve of their faces and every nuance of their expression -- I have come to know them intimately; and I love them all.  It is a very personal experience, and I am blessed that people are willing to share them with me.

                                                                                       Susan Wehrman

                                                                                       Tippany Visual Art