in the Ottawa Valley, nestled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin
Park where she is frequently visited by deer, owls, wolves and
black bear on her acreage.
Susan has been granted Drawing Master status
Drawing Society of Canada .
Susan Fraser was born and educated in the United
States, where she worked at private greenhouses, botanical gardens
and microbiology labs. Upon graduating she worked at the microbiology
lab at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
In 1983 she hitch-hiked around Europe touring
galleries, museums and churches. Her art career began while
living in Germany from 1984 to 1988. In 1988 she immigrated
to Canada and painted commission work based on the abundant
migratory waterfowl of the Ontario flyways. A year on Vancouver
Island afforded opportunities to paint Orcas and to experience
the west coast art scene.
Susan’s charcoal drawings are a result
of life long study of nature and photography which capture the
deer in their natural state. The most intimate poses are captured
without awareness of a human presence.
Choosing to draw a head and shoulder portrait
reveals their state of emotion through their eyes and facial
expressions. Susan has an amazing touch for textures, catching
the velvet of the deer’s coat and the shine of the eye.
The originals are done on toned (colored) paper
providing both the background and the medium tone of the subject.
The shading and highlights are done with black and white charcoal
respectively. Many layers of varying hardness of charcoal are
applied, blended and lifted with an eraser to provide a depth
of texture to the fur.
These are Giclée (pronounced ‘jee-clay’)
prints in Limited Editions. The original images have been digitally
printed onto Concord Fine Art Rag paper made from 100% cotton
which is pH neutral and meets Archival Standards. The print
permanence has been tested to exceed 120 years making the prints
archival. Susan titles and signs each print before framing it.