Susanne Peck spent most of her professional life in the NYC area and relocated to Vermont in 2008. A classical singer, educator and conductor, she has always made art and has been drawing commissioned portraits for 26 years. In recent years she has branched out to include abstract and expressionist works as well as representational.
Largely self-taught, her most valued instruction came privately from Elizabeth Steig in the Boston area and from portrait painter Laurel Stern Boeck at Katonah Art Center in New York, from Tad Spurgeon, Richard Weinstein and Mary Lower at the Middlebury Studio School. Ms Peck has taught clay and drawing/painting to children and adults at Katonah Art Center, Frog Hollow and Middlebury Studio School in Vermont. Her commissions have included New York City Federal Judge Colleen McMahon and family, opera singers Francois Clemmons and Beverly Myers along with actor Richard Gere's young son. A portrait of President Obama by Susanne Peck was gifted to the White House in 2009.
Ms Peck's portraits of people and animals hang in dozens of homes across the country and are considered exceptional in the genre of portraiture.
"Susanne Peck's portraits display a sensitivity of line and expression which captures not only the likeness of the subjects but their essence as well."
--Loren Chase, Artist/Director of Katonah Art Center
"Susanne Peck's portraits are magical, capturing something unique and essential about her subjects in the timeless style of an Old Master artist".
--(Honorable) Colleen McMahon, client