Susan is a new member of the Longmont Artists’ Guild. A longtime resident of Boulder County and Longmont, Susan has just recently joined the Longmont art community and has opened a working studio in the Old Town Marketplace, 332 Main Street, in the Art District. “I’ve painted as a hobby most of my life. I work in watercolor and oils, and love to paint landscapes, flowers and portraits.”
I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by original art painted by my great grandfather, Charles Herbert Thoener, Sr. My mother loved his beautiful landscapes and family portraits. They hung throughout our family home in Yonkers, NY.
My grandmother’s portrait hung over the fireplace. Uncle Ernst hung in my brother’s bedroom, and three self-portraits of my great grandfather hung in the living room along with several of his landscapes. When my mother passed in 2002, I knew she would love to have her portrait hang next to those of her family, and I endeavored to fulfill her wish.
My formal education came later in life. As a returning student in my 40s, I studied Fine Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder graduating with a BS in Journalism with a Minor in Fine Arts. Through succeeding years, I took numerous art workshops in Colorado and Europe…
Oil Painting Portrait of Mom
In painting portraits, I learned an adaptation of the Mische Technique. This method of painting creates an effect where light reflects from within the painting. It makes possible for great refinement of detail and a rich ethereal quality.
My studies included a three-week workshop on the Mische Technique at Castle Kuenberg in Payerbach, Austria, just outside Vienna, studying with Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, Professor of Painting, Naropa University; Michael Fuchs, Artist-in-Resident and Mentor in Painting and Drawing; Brigid Marlin, Artist-in-Resident and Mentor in Painting; and Ernst Fuchs, Professor Emeritus.
Masters Classes at the Santa Reparata International School of Art, in Florence, Italy; a three-week workshop on the Mische Technique with instructors Robert Vanosa, Martina Hoffman, Philip Rubinov-Jacobson and Michael Fuchs. I continued my studies with Robert Vanosa and Martina Hoffman, Masters of Fantastic Realism painting, in a two-week workshop in Cataques, Spain and at several workshops in Boulder.
Additionally, I studied with Cynthia Re Robbins at a traditional Mische Technique workshop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.”