Gallery Representation:

Artist Statement

The garden is the place that I go to create. The garden is the subject matter that I have explored for many years and it is also a metaphor that continues to nurture my personal vision. This has resulted in several garden series: southern, home, folk, environmental and visionary gardens.
Many of my ideas come from direct observation in a garden, working with gouache or acrylic on site and finishing the work in my studio. This leads to larger paintings on canvas and is a fluid process between perception and imagination.
This intuitive and intellectual process of design is important to my art. Composition is an exciting problem to solve as I work with pattern, color, and space in my work.
The more that I work in my garden, the more I learn about my self and my connection to the earth.


I enjoyed a free-range childhood - digging in the dirt, exploring the woods, hours of unsupervised play. My first studio experience in painting was at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School at the age of twelve. In 1974, I graduated from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Art and in 1979 received an M.F.A in Painting from the University of Georgia at Athens. My professional experiences in the arts have included residencies for the Arkansas Arts Council and adjunct positions at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College. Having been exhibited nationally and regionally, my work is in public and corporate collections including Carillon Importers (Absolut), Central Arkansas Library System, University of Arkansas Medical System, Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, and Systematics. My husband and I live in the Quapaw Quarter historic district, where we operate Chambers Studio.

Find out more about Susan:
Interview with artist Susan Chambers, The Arkansas Art Scene Blog