SUZANNE POURSINE MASSION

 

www.spmassion.com

Biography

 

 

I live in the Midwest township of Hampshire, Illinois. This farm land region, fifty miles west of Chicago, has been my home for over forty years. My husband and I own acreage in rural Hampshire. We have granted a conservation easement on our property which prohibits any future development. As members of The Conservation Foundation and The Wild Ones, we are deeply committed to the preservation of open space. Tall grass prairies, rivers, wetlands, and oak savannahs figure strongly in my art. I paint what I see every day, the character of the Illinois countryside. I don’t travel because there is so much material to paint right here where I live. Sadly, my subject matter seems to diminish by the year. Large farms and some natural open space are developed and paved over. Perhaps this is unavoidable, but I believe these special areas will live a while longer in my paintings. They are my portraits of the heartland.

Education

Graduated Michigan State University – B.A. Art Major
Independent Study – Professor Chang Li, Cultural Academy, Beijing, China (my mentor, who taught me to see warm and cold light and the value of painting in natural light, en Plein Aire.

Style

I am a representational impressionist, painting entirely in oils. My subjects are the open spaces, farmland, oak hickory savannas, wetlands, fens, rivers, lakes, and tall grass prairies of my home.

Memberships

Oil Painters of America since 1991 - juried

Illinois Artisans Program since 1996 - juried

DuPage Art league since 1991

 

Awards

Elgin Image Award - 1997

Artistic Recognition by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission - 1998

Best of Show Dupage Art league - 1992, ’99, 2002, ’03, ‘07

Best of Show Creative Catalyst Exhibit – 2006
 

Corporate Collections

Corporate America Federal Credit Union, Elgin, Illinois

CCI Communications, Elgin, Illinois

Elmhurst Art Museum, Illinois

Hines Company, Elgin, Illinois

Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum

Hemmens Cultural Center Permanent Collection, Elgin, Illinois

Larkin Center, Elgin, Illinois

Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois
 

Private Collections

In

Illinois, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, California, New York, & Great Britain.