“THE ART OF PORTRAITURE IS MY LIFE LONG COMMITMENT. I SEE EACH NEW PORTRAIT COMMISSION AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECORD FOR POSTERITY THE UNIQUE SPIRIT OF AN INDIVIDUAL, NOT ONLY FOR THE FAMILY, BUT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
A PORTRAIT IS A TIMELESS EXPRESSION OF LOVE AND HONOR”
An award winning artist, Susan Boone Durkee works out of her spacious Redding, Connecticut Studio, The Lobster Pot, so named by Mark Twain who owned the property at the turn of the century. Susan graduated from Greens Farms Academy, attended one year at the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont. Primarily self trained, Susan has been painting commissioned portraiture for over 25 years and her work is displayed in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.
Susan has been featured on four Cable Television Shows, and appeared in: Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Fairfield Country Times, The Artist Magazine, The Weston Magazine Group, MSNBC Connecticut News, The News Times, Signature Magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, as well as the featured portrait artist in the Spring 2004 National Geographic article on Greenwich, Connecticut. In November 2010, Susan was honored to be interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) to talk about her portraiture and her connection to Mark Twain.
She has exhibited in many major national and international Juried Shows including: The 19th Annual National Oil Painters of America Show, American Women Artists National Show, The National Art Museum of Sport Annual International Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Annual Exhibition. She won the 2011 Founders Award from National Art Museum of Sport International Show and top awards in The Connecticut Portrait Society’s Annual Juried Show, the 2010 President’s Award of Excellence, and the 2011 Margery Soroka Memorial Award, at the Salmagundi Club. In 2013, Susan was awarded the Colonel George J. Moralis Award at the 117th Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Exhibition.
Her past corporate clients and collections include:
U.S. Tobacco, Cancer Research Institute, Baylor University Medical
Center, Johns Hopkins University, Pro Football Hall of Fame,
Southern Methodist University, United States Court of Appeals for
the 7th Circuit, Choate Rosemary Hall Preparatory School, The Players Club,
N.Y., Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, Post University, Mark Twain House
Greens Farms Academy, Ct., Standard Oil of Connecticut, The Mark Twain
Library, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, The Lucille Lortel
Foundation, Westport Library,
Memberships: Connecticut Society Portrait Artists,
Salmagundi Club, Artists Fellowship, Oil Painters of America,
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, Holland Dames