Susan Waite

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. - Twyla Tharp



Painting takes me places - and I have always loved going. A great day would be painting along a river with sun and shadows and birdsongs.

I love the way light, color and atmosphere play upon every day objects, neighborhood scenes, and wide open landscapes. I paint to tell these stories.  And painting outdoors on site is pure delight.

It is when I have to agree with this statement by Andy Warhol: 

“Work is more fun than fun!”


Susan Waite has been painting for over 35 years.  She first painted in watercolors, studying with Deanne Lemley, a student of Sergie Bongart,  for 4 years.

When her three children were teenagers, she returned  to school and obtained a BFA in painting and printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts in 2001.

Furthering her painting skills, she has taken workshops from Charles Emerson, Tom Hoffmann, Mitch Albala and Kimberly Trowbridge at Gage academy.  Pam Ingalls Cox, Jennifer Diehl and Michelle Usibelli are also inspirational painters with whom she has studied.

Susan’s paintings can be seen at the Women Painters’ Gallery in Seattle’s Columbia Center, the Salty Dog Pottery Building showroom in Ballard, and seasonally at local art festivals, juried art shows, and coffee shops.  

Art festivals in which Susan has participated include the BAM Art Festival, and art festivals in Edmonds, Gig Harbor, Lake Chelan, and Silverton and Salem OR.

She served as a juror for the Lake Chelan and the Edmonds Art Festivals.  

Currently Susan shares her love of moving paint around in watercolors for the Lifelong Learning program with the Seattle Parks, the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, and for the “Seniors Creating Art” Program at various retirement venues.