Fine Art Painting, Seattle, WA


Susan Derrick creates mixed media paintings by probing the physicality of her materials. She works in a process of layering, scraping and scratching into the surface, addressing issues of beauty, time and impermanence. Susan was born and raised in Southern New York. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from Alfred University, NY and she worked for 10 years as a commercial illustrator before moving to Redmond, Washington in 1995. Susan is also a lifelong student of dance. Susan Derrick is an award winning artist, a 2014 Artist Trust Edge graduate and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions.


2014  Artist Trust EDGE Graduate

2010-13 The Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

1986 Parsons School of Design, New York City- Illustration

1984 State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase- Painting

1983 Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, Alfred University, New York- Painting


2015 Centrum Artist-In-Residence, Port Townsend, WA

2014 Centrum Artist-In-Residence, Port Townsend, WA

2013 Centrum Artist-In-Residence, Port Townsend, WA

Selected Exhibitions

2016  Solo Exhibition Fragile BeautyOmbu, Edmonds, WA

2016  Obfuscation, Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery,  Seattle, WA

2016  Like Mother (Like Daughter),  Magnunson Park Gallery,  Seattle, WA

2016  35 LIVE: Center on Contemporary Art,  Seattle, WA

2016  Women’s Work,  Bellevue Arts Museum, Community Education Gallery Bellevue, WA

2015  Bemis Fall Art Show,  The Bemis Building, Seattle, WA

2015  Solo Exhibition, “Impermanence”, Studio 103 Tashiro Kaplan Bldg, Seattle

2015  Visual Voices, Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College

2015  University of Washington Women’s Clinic, Seattle, WA

2015 “Black & White + One”, Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Seattle

2014 “Local Beat”, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts Gallery, Seattle Design Center

2013  Solo Exhibition “Corrosion”, Dusted Valley Wine and Art Gallery, Woodinville, WA

2012-13 “Celebration!”, Women Painters of Washington Traveling Exhibition

2011 “Art Port Townsend Northwest Expressions”, Northwinds Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

2011 “PAW-CASSO” , Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA

2011 “Members Exhibition”, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Seattle Design Center

2010-11 Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2009 “Open Exhibition”, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Bellevue, WA

2009 “Waterworks”, Northwest Watercolor Society, Kaewyn Gallery, Bothell, WA

2009 “Members Exhibition”, Northwest Watercolor Society, Trilogy Golf Club, Redmond, WA

2009 “LiveArts” Bothell Landing Park Building, Bothell, WA

2008 “Waterworks”, Northwest Watercolor Society, New Dimensions Gallery, Bellevue, WA

2007 “Waterworks”, Northwest Watercolor Society , Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA


2016 Betty Jo Fitzgerald Award , Women’s Work: Women Painters of Washington,  Bellevue Arts Museum, Cappy Thompson, Juror

2015 Studio Challenge Finalist, Kirkland Arts Center: Artbeat Auction, Kirkland, WA,  Larry Metcalf, Juror

2015 Honorable Mention, Visual Voices, Larson Gallery, David Lynx, Juror

2009 Best of Show Award, Eastside Association of Fine Arts Members Exhibition, Tom Hoffman, Juror

2009 Jack Richeson Award, Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibition, Christopher Schink, Juror

2009 Honorable Mention, LiveArts Bothell Exhibition, Diane Ainsworth, Juror

2008 L.A. Frames Award, Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibition, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Juror

2007 Juror’s Award of Merit, Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibition, Robert Burridge, Juror


2015 Luxe Interiors + Design, September/October Issue

2012 Best of America Acrylic Artists Volume 1, Kennedy Publishing

2010 Best of Worldwide Mixed Media Artists, Kennedy Publishing

Special Events

2015 Kirkland Arts Center: Artbeat Auction -Studio Challenge Finalist , Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA

2015 Radio InterviewAlternative Talk 1150 KKNW  Tuesday, April 21st 12-     12:30pm

2015 Luxe Magazine BarkART  – created hand-painted custom  DogArt  for foster Kids, Urban Reclamations