Fine Art Painting, Seattle, WA


Susan Derrick’s current multi-layered mixed media paintings are abstract explorations that invite the viewer to examine both the physicality and the nuance of her work. Derrick’s collage-based compositional method creates the illusion of flattened space. Overlapping planes create spatial contradictions of implied depth. Richly layered surfaces develop into low relief textural paintings. Derrick alternates sanding and scraping back into the work, leaving marks and color fragments for the sensitive viewer to discover.

Derrick’s hand-painted paper is cut and torn and reassemble on the surface. Opaque, textural pigments suggest density and physical weight.
Derrick explores spatial and chromatic effects by carefully balancing bright and muted hues on layered organic shapes.

Susan Derrick was born and raised in southern New York. She earned a BFA in painting from Alfred University, NY and worked for 10 years as a package design illustrator near New York City. Derrick moved to Redmond, Washington in 1995. Susan Derrick is an award-winning professional artist and has shown her fine art paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

2014 Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program
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 Arts 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

2018  Solo Exhibition, re:surface, Studio 103, Seattle, WA

2018  Like Mother,  Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2017  Like Mother,  Gallery One,  Ellensburg, WA

2017  Like Mother,  ArtXchange Gallery,  Seattle, WA

2016  Solo Exhibition Fragile BeautyOmbu, Edmonds, WA

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

2016  Like Mother,  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,  Seattle, WA

2015 Artist Trust EDGE Graduate Show, Galvanize, 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


2018 Madrona Love, self-published nature photography book

2015 Luxe Interiors + Design, September/October Issue

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