Call to Plein Air artists: Paint the town (and country) of Bruce

Special guest Marc Hanson, master OPA, will be participating in the event as well as doing a demo at noon on the day of the show, Saturday, Oct 7. 

*Please email Susan Patton if you might be able to paint in this event. I need an initial number of interested artists. (

This event is free and will be highly publicized by the North Mississippi Plein Air Painters, Skuna River Art Festival, and the Bruce Chamber of Commerce. The paintings will be nicely displayed for a show and sale in conjunction with the Skuna River Arts Festival on Saturday, October 7. There will be a commission fee for paintings sold.  
Participating artists are asked to paint 1 town and 1 country scene of Bruce (and the surrounding areas) PRIOR to the show. (Meaning a Bruce city scene and the countryside around Bruce such as farms, country churches, etc.) Artists may submit up to 5 paintings. The goal of the content of paintings is to depict the “town and country” of Bruce. Artists are encouraged to attend the show and sale on Saturday, October 7, in Bruce, MS. 


Alex McFarland may be the one on the stage, but he credits his wife, after the Lord, for the “wind beneath his wings.” Because of this, he commissioned me to paint a portrait of Angie, to surprise her on their anniversary. She was sure in for a surprise! He spoke at Billy Graham’s Cove in Asheville, NC, on their anniversary date, and invited me and Jeff for the reveal. Shortly after he started his talk, Alex had me to come up on stage and bring the painting out to Angie! She loved the portrait, and loves him, but was sure to tell Alex, “I’m going to kill you,” with a wink in her eye.

It’s that wink in her eye that I tried to capture in this portrait of Angie. It’s a wink that says, “You’ve got this, and I’m right here waiting in the wings.”

“Angie” (detail) 12 x 18, oil

Art show going on at ICC: Dot Courson and Susan Patton

It is truly and honor to be in an art show with my mother, artist Dot Courson. The reception for this show is September 22 at 2 PM at ICC in Fulton, MS. 

Oil Painting Workshop Announced


“Breaking through to success” oil painting workshop will introduce participants to 4 secrets to apply to take their paintings to a new level. The focus will be “From flat to 3D: adding form and dimension to your paintings.” Students will use photos for reference, but will have opportunities for observation and practice in plein air painting. To register, find out more information, or inquire about commissions, email Susan: .