SUSAN ALLEN is an accomplished musician with a Bachelor’s Degree in French Horn Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She was a member of the Canton and Youngstown Symphonies and was Principal Horn of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra of Beachwood, Ohio, for twenty-seven years. Ms. Allen retired from music in 2012 to actively pursue her interests in the studio arts. She has studied drawing, watercolor, and oil painting with many artists in the Cleveland area, including John Carlson, Dino Massaroni, and John A. Sargent, III. She is passionate about capturing in oil the many beautiful and varied landscapes that she photographs while traveling. Ms. Allen lives in Bratenahl, Ohio, with her husband, Tom, and their Golden Retriever, Piper.
“For over 45 years I was a classical musician, working within the parameters of a very controlled artistic environment. Now as an oil painter, I am free to explore and experience a boundless vista of opportunities. I see myself moving away from the studied approach to a more interpretive and expressive style of painting.”