“Painting has become my looking glass and way of examining so much of life. I am passionate about art and how it impacts our communities for the better. Art is alchemy.”
Susan Hartley Himmel is a watercolorist and mixed media painter who has been creating art in one form or another all her life. After spending twelve years in the Berkshires, she has recently returned to the Capital District in New York State. For much of her life she created three dimensional art – pottery, jewelry, and wall hangings. Then in 2006 she fell in love with watercolors during a week-long intensive workshop, Painting and Yoga in the Berkshires, at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. Himmel immersed herself in drawing and painting classes at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires over the next few years.
Always a keen observer of nature, Himmel finds inspiration for her work in the hill towns, the deep forests, wildflower paths, mountain lakes, river rocks and clouds, as well as in everyday objects.
Her work has been featured in solo and group shows in galleries and non-traditional settings in the Northeast, especially in the Berkshires. Paintings hang in a number of private collections here and abroad.
I record my impressions of the world around me in brush strokes, whether through the use of watercolors alone or with mixed media. To do so, I explore the dance of light and shadow, interesting contrasts and shapes that tell me a story. I love using bold colors and creating many textured layers. I am fascinated by the symbolic, the surreal, and all of nature.
As a result of my journey as an artist, the way I experience the world has changed. Painting has become my looking glass and way of examining so much of life. I am passionate about art and how it impacts our communities for the better. Art is alchemy.
2015 Unusual Wedding Rings & More, Pittsfield, MA
2014 Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2009 Senator Downing’s District Office, Pittsfield, MA
2015 Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2014 Pop Up Gallery Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2014 Nuarts Studios + Gallery, 2 Person Show, Pittsfield, MA
2013 Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2012 Treehouse Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2012 Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2010-2012 The Inn at Stockbridge, Stockbridge, MA
2010 Small Works Show, Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA
2010 Housatonic Valley Art League, Sheffield, MA
2009 Housatonic Valley Art League, Sheffield, MA
2008 Small Works Show, Welles Galley, Lenox, MA
2008 Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA
2008 “ArtCircus”, Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield, MA
2007 Housatonic Valley Art League, Sheffield, MA
Albany Center Gallery, 2015
Berkshire Art Association, 2nd Vice President, Board of Directors, 2008-2014
Housatonic Valley Art League, 2007-2014
First Fridays Artswalk, Pittsfield, MA 2007-Present