Susan WillisFine Artist
Susan Willis was born and raised in the city of Chicago. She spent her childhood summers vacationing across the lake on the Lake Michigan shore, where she developed a strong love of the outdoors.
Susan graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from National Louis College in Wilmette, Illinois in 1974. She spent the next decade teaching at the Martin Luther King Jr. Laboratory School in Evanston, Illinois.
After ten years of teaching in the intermediate grades, Susan left teaching to become a full time mom. In her spare time she participated in various athletic endeavors, became involved in community service activities and spent time in nature. In addition, Susan explored a variety of arts and crafts. For many years she created traditional Amish style quilts. This became Susan’s favorite creative pastime.
To further nurture her creative spirit Susan began studying art at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the North Shore Art League. Both of these are located in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Her current media choices are pastel, watercolor, pen, ink and watercolor and oil.
Susan’s artwork is motivated by and is a perfect expression of her deep love and appreciation of the natural world. She favors intense and bold colors found in nature and she uses these vibrant colors in her artwork. Susan believes that people need to surround themselves with beautiful and natural things. This helps them to feel their best — joyful and peaceful.
Susan’s current artwork products include: framed originals, giclees (fine art prints), coasters, trivets and notecards. These items can be found in various galleries, gift shops and commercial establishments in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
A California company has contracted with Susan to supply several of their cultural centers’ stores with her artwork products. This company supplies gift shops in aquariums, zoos, museums and botanical gardens throughout North America and Europe.
Additionally, an Indiana company that produces coasters and trivets has licensed many of Susan’s nature designs for distribution in North America.
Currently Susan is exploring additional licensing of her designs on commercial products. All opportunities to further the reach of her artwork are welcome.