Fine Art Painting, Seattle, WA


Susan Derrick was born and raised in southern New York State. She earned a BFA in painting from Alfred University, NY and worked for 10 years as an illustrator near New York City. She moved to Redmond, Washington in 1995. 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 abstract paintings indulge in unexpected mash-ups between the geometric and the organic.

Susan Derrick’s playful, intuitive inventions explore rhythms of colors and shapes. Derrick’s collage-based method creates the illusion of flattened space. Overlapping planes create spatial contradictions of implied depth. Her hand-painted watercolor paper is cut and torn and reassemble on canvas or wood panels. She uses opaque pigments to suggest density and physical weight.  Inspired by textures found in urban grit and in nature, Derrick’s richly layered surfaces develop into low relief textural paintings. She alternates between building up the surface with paint and collage elements, and then sands/scrapes back into the work- leaving marks, color fragments and ghosts of recognizable objects for the sensitive viewer to discover.

Susan Derrick is an avid art book collector, photographer, backyard birder, and a life-long student of dance.


1983       Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Painting, Alfred University, New York

2018       Color Interactions: Theory and Practice, North Seattle College,  Seattle, WA

      Art2Life Creative Visionary Program, (Online), Painting

2014       Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program
2010-13  Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA, Painting/Drawing

2005       Kelly S. King Faux Finish Institute, Lynnwood, WA, Designer Wall Finishes

1988       State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase, Drawing/Painting
1985-86  Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, Illustration

Solo Exhibitions

2018       re:surface, Studio 103, Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA

2016       Fragile Beauty, Ombu, Edmonds, WA

2015       Impermanence, Studio 103 Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA

2013       Corrosion, Dusted Valley Wine and Art Gallery, Woodinville, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018       MARIN MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Memory and Perception, National Exhibition, Novato, CA, Alan Bamberger- Juror

      Art2Life Academy International Online Exhibition, Donna Seager- Juror

      Museo Gallery, Terrain: Exploring a Common Ground, Langley, W

      Tacoma Art Museum, Like Mother, Traveling Exhibition, Community Art Show, Tacoma, WA, Kelly Lyles- Curator

2017       ArtXchange Gallery, Like Mother, Traveling Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2016       Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery, 3 Person Exhibition, Obfuscation, Seattle, WA, Frederick Holmes and Colleen Lenahan– Curators

      Magnunson Park Gallery, Like Mother, Traveling Exhibition, Seattle, WA

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

      Bellevue Arts Museum, Women’s Work, Women Painters of Washington, Community Education Gallery, Bellevue, WA

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

      Larson Gallery, Visual Voices, Yakima Valley Community College, Seattle, WA, David Lynx- Juror

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

2013       Schack Art Center, Celebration!, Women Painters of Washington, Everett, WA

2011       Northwinds Art Center, Art Port Townsend Northwest Expressions, Port Townsend, WA, Gary Faigin- Juror

      PAW-CASSO, Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA

      Members Exhibition, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

2010       Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

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

      Kaewyn Gallery, Waterworks, Northwest Watercolor Society, Bothell, WA,  Christopher Schink- Juror

      Members Exhibition, Northwest Watercolor Society, Trilogy Golf Club, Redmond, WA,   Tom Hoffman- Juror

      LiveArts, Bothell Landing Park Building, Bothell, WA, Diane Ainsworth- Juror

2008       New Dimensions Gallery, Waterworks, Northwest Watercolor Society, Bellevue, WA,  Betsy Dillard Stroud- Juror

2007       Harbor Gallery, Waterworks, Northwest Watercolor Society, Gig Harbor, WA, Robert Burridge- Juror


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

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

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

      Jack Richeson Award, Northwest Watercolor Society, Waterworks,  Christopher Schink- Juror

      Honorable Mention, LiveArts Bothell Exhibition, Diane Ainsworth- Juror

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

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

1984       Two First Place Awards– Drawing and Painting, Beaux Art Finale,  The Women’s Clubs of Westchester, New York

 Curatorial Projects

2015       Artist Trust EDGE Graduate Show, Galvanize, Seattle, WA, Co-curated with Louise Hankes

     Women Painters of Washington Gallery, Black & White + One, Group Exhibition, Seattle, WA, Co-curated with Cheryl Richey


       Graymoor, Garrison, New York


2018        Madrona Love, Self-published Nature Photography Book

1983        Smithsonian Magazine- Illustration

Special Events

2016       Kirkland Arts Center, Live Auction Donating Artist

2015       Kirkland Arts Center, Live Auction Donating Artist

      Radio Interview, Art Beat- Alternative Talk 1150 KKNW with Pat Pauley

      Guest Speaker, Bellevue Arts Museum Potpourri Guild Luncheon

      Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, BarkART for Foster Kids- Lead Artist for Fundraiser, Urban Reclamations, Seattle, WA


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

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

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

Work Related Experience

2012-13  Teen Art Teacher, Redmond Studio

2007       Youth Art Teacher, Summer Camp, Redmond Studio

1984-90  Staff Illustrator at LAM Design, White Plains, New York. Package Design and Advertising for Pepsi, Nestle, General Foods,  Bristol-Myers, Xerox,                         Seagrams, Heublein, Reader’s Digest

1983-85  Freelance Illustration

Professional Affiliations

Artist Trust

COCA Center on Contemporary Art

Kirkland Arts Center

Art2Life Academy