Southern born and raised, Susan Gore Gardner grew up hearing Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, and Rock & Roll. A lifelong love of drawing became a profession upon graduation from Kennesaw State University in 1980 as Susan embarked on a career as a wildlife artist. In 1990 the artist encountered the medium of pastels and began creating distinctively Southern landscapes and still lifes.
During a personally challenging chapter in her life, the artist found the blessing of comfort, encouragement and creative inspiration in music. A visual fascination with the musicians and their instruments bloomed and Susan found her life’s work: capturing on paper the essence of the musicians, that moment they are ‘in the groove’, illuminated by the striking colors of stage lights.
Susan’s devotion to portraying the instruments with affection and accuracy is appreciated by players and listeners alike. She frequents guitar shops including Gruhn Guitars in Nashville and music-themed museums as she researches the instruments for future portraits. A connection has been made with an entire new group of people who relate to Susan’s artwork because of the musical subjects.
Susan Gore Gardner 40 Years of Art
Art Show and Sale
Aug. 13 - Oct. 15, 2020
It's been 40 years since I graduated from college and became a professional artist! Time has flown by and what a great time I've had, sketching birds and wildlife portraits using Prismacolor colored pencils and creating landscapes, still lifes and musician portraits using soft pastels. This art show and sale features some of the best of each genre.
The exhibit is in a gallery that maintains strict health guidelines during this time of caution and will be maintaining regular gallery hours.