about the artist
“In painting what inspires me, I hope to evoke a kindred emotion in others”
Born in and residing in Sudbury, Ontario, Susan Lampinen began exploring art at an early age. The North’s rugged landscape fueled a need in her to represent its beauty through art. Her interest in nature led to a degree in Environmental Sciences as she continued to express herself through painting and drawing.
In 1990, after working in the environmental field for several years, Sue’s part-time interest in art became a full-time profession. In 1995, she opened Lampinen Fine Art and Custom Framing, her own gallery and studio in Sudbury. Since then, Sue has enjoyed international recognition for her artwork.
She has had a feature article in Pastel Journal as well as being chosen several times for this magazine’s “Pastel 100” competition. Her work has been chosen twice for the Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio, and she has been featured as one of the Master Pastel Painters of the World in International Artist Magazine. In 2007, she was honoured to have her pastel “In Morning Light” accepted to the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin. Sue has been elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and one of her watercolour paintings is part of the Watercolour Society’s Diploma Collection. The Summer of 2016 found Sue showing four of her snow paintings in a group exhibition entitled References at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
When not working at her studio and gallery, Sue will be found sketching and finding inspiration in Northern Ontario’s wilderness. These plein air (painting on location) expeditions provide an in depth knowledge of her landscape subjects which she applies to her studio work. Sue is especially inspired to capture the serene beauty of winter and its accompanying wildlife.
An artistic occupation consists of a lifelong learning process and it is this evolution that continues to keep her journey compelling.