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England’s rugged coast comes to the Vail Valley

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyArtist Susan Westwood holds her oil painting, titled "Misty Morning At Allerford" Westwood will be showing her work at Schaefer-Miles Artist's Collection in Edwards, Colorado through Thursday.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” English Artist Susan Westwood is currently showing her work at Schaefer Miles Artist’s Collection at The Riverwalk at 188 East Main Street in Edwards.

Westwood will be in the gallery showing new work and sketching portraits from life and photographs through Thursday.

Westwood’s paintings of the timeless English country-side with grazing sheep and heavy horses in meadows and glens are reminiscent of her childhood spent in a remote Exmoor village on England’s rugged southwest coast. Years later, after coming to America to attend the prestigious American Academy of Art, these memories surfaced and became the subject of paintings and poetry.

While in Chicago, Westwood worked as assistant director to Vorpal Gallery and later worked as design artist for Anderson Studio.

Moving to New Mexico in 1980, she taught art at New Mexico State University and designed and taught art classes for children through the university. She was a founding member of an artist’s alliance and was awarded woman of the year in 1986 for her work in the community.

Westwood relocated to Colorado in 2001 but spends part of the year sketching and painting in the village of Porlock in England where she grew up. She paints mainly in oil on panels, using transparent, dark glazes and opaque lights. She also does watercolor studies and loves to do charcoal sketches from life, capturing a spontaneous sketch in a few minutes.

Since moving to Colorado, Westwood has successfully shown in juried fine art shows and galleries in Vail, Aspen, Boulder, Beaver Creek and Denver.

To learn more about Westwood, visit http://www.westwoodarts.com. For more information on her show in Edwards, call Schaefer Miles Artist’s Collection at 970-569-3535.

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