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Susan Outlaw was born in Mainz Germany, 1973. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975 and settled in a small, rural community in Southern Ontario. Weekend hikes with her family influenced an early love for the natural world and even as a young child, Susan used paint to convey what she saw and experienced in nature.
Today Susan resides with her husband and two children in Ancaster Ontario, an historic community nestled within the Niagara Escarpment, with access to rich farm lands, large tracts of forest, and pockets of small town living. Susan draws inspiration from this area as well as the Atlantic coastline when travel permits. With a varied interest in subject matter, Susan's diversity in work has included landscapes, seascapes, still life and urban settings. She has also accepted portrait commissions and masterwork copies of classic paintings such as The Gleaners by Jean Francois Millet and The Raising of the Cross by Rembrandt.
Many of Outlaw's paintings are a response to a scene that has moved her in an emotional or spiritual way. "My work maintains a contemplative focus on nature and its restorative, rejuvenating power. Urban dynamics, oppressive commutes, and the hectic pace of life threaten our spiritual and emotional health. It is my hope that my paintings offer the viewer an escape, a moment of reflection, and a return to peace and balance".
Outlaw's work can be found in various private and corporate collections throughout Canada and the United States. She has additionally sold her paintings to locations in the UK including the prestigious 47 Park Place Hotel in London England.
Susan began instructing adult art classes at the Dundas Valley School of Art in the fall of 2016 and continues to offer classes each season.