Susan Blackwood started studying art at an early age. She graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Northern Illinois University. She also studied painting at the American Art Academy in Chicago, IL. Her 44-year painting career started in 1972, winning many awards in Museum Shows, Nationally and Internationally, as an oil painter as well as a watercolorist. She has a passion for teaching artists. Her combination of enthusiasm, encouragement and Classical training is the hallmark of her teaching. She has been a professional art instructor since 1975. In 2017 She and her husband opened the Jade Street Art Academy for online Classes. For 32 years she was a professional watercolorist, and in 2003, she ventured into the thick and gooey medium of oils and fell in love with it. Her oils have been in many national shows and museums, winning top awards.
“1975: in the midst of a clambering Pakistani market place, unable to speak the language… I became aware of the importance of the common bonds that universally unite us all. The necessity to communicate these visions, feelings and emotions became paramount. Art became my universal language. Through the medium that I have chosen, I strive continually to develop a rich and colorful dialog in a language that will reach the heart anywhere in the world.”