A Newport working Studio Gallery

55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 02840

Susan Aitcheson

For Susan Aitchson, as an architect, shaping buildings and working with three-dimensional space in ways that are aesthetically pleasing has greatly influenced my sense of shaping space as a painter on a two-dimensional surface.  I try to draw the viewer, as I would in architectural design, through both vast and intimate spaces, small to large, large to small, and toward light or into darkness, to create for the viewer a dynamic experience on canvas. Where does the light take you and what is the relationship of scale – can you feel it? What is the dimension of your experience in a big sky or a small garden scene?  We bring our passions into our art, as I do, engaging my love for travel – time spent hiking, camping and kayaking in my work. With an impressionist feel I transpose this depth of space and texture of the plant world to my landscape painting. Emotions experienced outdoors I call to mind, express them in my art, and hope to convey the wild beauty of mountains, rivers, seashores, forest landscapes to my audience.

BS in Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
Professional Licenses:  Architect, State of New York 1983

Community Work:
Warwick Center for the Arts, Board of Directors (formerly Warwick Art Museum) 2015
East Greenwich Affordable Housing Commission 2016
East Greenwich Historic Commission 2007 – 2013
East Greenwich Community and Senior Center Redevelopment 2005-2007
Women’s Center of RI, Board of Directors – Director 1983- 1994  and President 1993-1994
United Way Allocation Committee 1983-85

Workshops and Memberships :
Providence Art Club –2016 Exhibiting Artist member
Wickford Art Association, Juried Artist Member
RISD CE,  Jeanne Sturim Pastels  2010
RISD  CE, Cindy Baron Watercolors 2011, 2012
Cindy Baron,  Watercolor workshops 2014, 2015
Liz Haywood Sullivan Pastel Workshop 2016
Barbara Jaenicke Pastel and Oil Workshop 2016
Providence Art Club Classes 2013 to present
Michelle Poirer Mozzone Classes 2015 to present
Jacob Aquiar Pastel Workshop 2016
Maggie Siner Oil Workshop 2016
Wendy Artin Watercolor Workshop 2017
Scott Conary Oil Workshop 2017
Kathleen Speranza Oil Workshop 2017
Jeanne Rosier Smith Pastel Workshop 2017

Narrative:  Drawing and painting have been loves of mine since childhood.  After starting as an art major in college I migrated to the School of Architecture blending my interests in art, design and construction. I worked in government and for a few architecture firms during the five years after graduation. In 1979 I founded the not-for-profit Womens Development Corporation (WDC) with 2 other architects and a RI community advocate.  WDC developed over 1,500 housing units in 36 years throughout RI and CT serving special needs populations, the elderly and families.  I retired as WDC president in 2015 after building a sustainable business employing 36 staff in development, property management and maintenance.  Through my career I’ve volunteered on numerous non-profit boards of directors and served on community commissions and boards.

Friends of East Greenwich Library 2017 Juried Exhibit Committee (St. Elena) (juror- Mim Brooks Fawcett)
PPSCC Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Online Members Juried Exhibition Oct

  • Acadia


  • Parker-Preserve


  • St Elena Canyon

    St Elena Canyon

  • Walking in New England

    Walking in New England

  • Waves in Rhode Island

    Waves in Rhode Island