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About the Artist

"The Art of portraiture is my life long commitment. I see each new portrait commission as an opportunity to record for posterity the unique spirit of an individual, not only for the family, but for generations to come. A portrait is a timeless expression of love."
—Susan B. Durkee

"I have known Susan for over ten years, and she is a person of great quality. Susan is a professional painter, and is a fine portraitist as well as a painter of landscapes."
—Everett Raymond Kinstler, April 2001

Read the article about Susan in The Weston Group magazine

New England Artist Susan Durkee
The artist with her award winning portrait of "Jim Thorpe, The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century"
Collection of Pro Football Hall of Fame

An award-winning artist, Susan works out of her spacious West Redding, Connecticut studio, The Lobster Pot, so named by Mark Twain who owned the property at the turn of the century. A true New Englander, Susan is a direct descendants of some of the earliest families that settled in America in the mid-1600's.

Susan has made art a lifelong commitment. To her, each portrait is an opportunity to express the unique spirit of each individual character. She believes a portrait is a cherished heirloom to be shared and enjoyed generation after generation.

Susan takes pride in being primarily self trained. She has painted since she was a small child and believes that both her unrelenting determination and intense studies of the Old Masters, particularly Valesquez and John Singer Sargent, have brought her the success she now enjoys.

Susan graduated from Greens Farms Academy, attended one year at the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.

Her work is displayed in private and Institutional collections throughout the country and she has been featured on 4 Cable Television Shows, appeared in Fairfield Country Times magazine, The Artist Magazine, Fine Art Connoiseur, MSNBC Connecticut News, Ridgefield Magazine, Morris Media, The News Times, Signature Magazine, The Johns Hopkins Odyssey magazine, The Weston Magazine Group and National Geographic.

Susan has won awards and has participated in many prestigious Juried National Art Shows including: The Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Connecticut Portrait Society, National Art Museum of Sport and Salmagundi Club.

Salmagundi Club of New York
Portrait Society of America
Artist Fellowship of New York
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
Oil Painters of America
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Society of Daughters of Holland Dames

New England Portrait Artist Susan Durkee wtith her portrait of Jim Thorpe
Mrs. Ban, the wife of the Secretary General of the United Nations, visiting the artist in her studio for the final
touches on her portrait

Read the article in RIDGEFIELD MAGAZINE

Susan Durkee with Mariano Rivera
in front on his portrait at a fundraiser

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