MFA Northwestern University 1979
    Teaching assistant to Ed Paschke, Jack Burnham, and
    George Cohen

    BFA Denison University 1977 cum laude


    2019 Vivid Art Gallery Winnetka, IL
    new work by gallery artists

    2018 The Shape of Sky Vivid Art Gallery Winnetka, IL
    solo show

    2017 Silent Spaces Vivid Art Gallery Winnetka, Il
    featured artist

    2016 Inchworks North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL

    Vivid Gallery Winnetka, IL
    local artist

    North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL Members' Show

    "Art in Motion" Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    juried show

    Synchronicity Gallery Glen Arbor, MI

    2015 Inchworks North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL

    From Nature The Art Center Highland Park, IL
    juried show

    Synchronicity Gallery Glen Arbor, MI.

    2014 Old School Gallery Glen Arbor, MI.

    Glen Arbor Art Association Glen Arbor, Mi
    one-person show

    "The Landscape Show" Honorable Mention

    2013 "Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes" juried show
    Dennos Museum Traverse City, MI

    Art and Vision Spex Winnetka, IL.

    2012 Raymond James & Assoc. Chicago, IL.

    Inchworks North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL.
    juried show

    2011 North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL.
    one-person show

    1980 - 2010
    2007 Palete and Chisel Academy Chicago, IL.
    2007 - 2010 Inchworks North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL.
    Juried show
    2005 - 2010 North Shore Art League Winnetka, IL. Member's show
    1999 Small but Significant Katie Gingrass Gallery
    Milwaukee, WI.
    1998 Almquist Gallery Winnetka, IL.


    "Old School Art in Glen Arbor". Glen Arbor Sun July 2014

    Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes - Transforming Nature into Art
    Leelanau Press 2013

    Sheridan Road April 2013
    "The Forest for the Trees: Susan Jacoby"

    "Oil and Water do Mix After All" The Winnetka Current January 2011

    "North Shore Art League Hosts New Exhibit" TribLocal April 2011


    Observing and engaging with nature provides me with the language to create my own silent spaces. Surrounded by a wealth of ever-changing inspiration in northwest Michigan or suburban Chicago I am drawn to expansive vistas, shifting skyscapes, and ephemeral atmospheric conditions. Rather than a realistic depiction of a place, my paintings evoke the remembrance of a moment, combining observation with imagination.

    Ultimately, I intend to do with paint what light does with nature. My paintings begin from direct observation which is then captured through photographs. I then work in many thin layers of oil paint, beginning with an all-over "sketch". This step, done in brighter colors, illuminates muted tones as more translucent layers and glazes are applied. As the process continues the colors become more diluted, the edges softened, and I begin to obstruct and reveal elements of the landscape.

    While my initial inspiration is the outside world, it is merely reference material for communicating my own visceral experience of a fleeting view. I grasp what is essential, distilling the shapes, colors and images into an evocative and engaging experience. This process then opens a portal to a quiet and reflective space for mindful contemplation.