Vermont Wildlife Artist
& Lifetime Avid Outdoorswoman
As a native of Vermont, Susan grew up with a deep seated passion for the outdoors. As a young girl she spent many happy days fishing, hunting and exploring nature with her family. Memories include as a little girl catching wild brook trout from tumbling mountain streams to in her teenage years angling for 40 inch northern pike and silver acrobatic land-locked salmon.
Susan's love of nature and the natural world shows in her work. When describing her art Winter says: "I try to create a 'Living being' and try to stay away from that 'Manufactured look' ..." Winter demands detail in all her work using only acrylic 'hand painted' brush techniques in capturing nature.
As a youngster at age 12 Susan sold her 1st picture in the 1970's for $225.00. While in high school Susan attended St. Michaels College under art scholarship. In her senior year of high school the young artist had the special honor of being chosen to represent Vermont with her water color painting of migrating waterfowl over Lake Champlain, in a year long Congressional art exhibit at our nations' capital in Washington, D.C.
A 15 year hiatus from her art followed until in late 1998 Susan began to pick up the brushes and clay again.
Her first sculpture made for public show came in April of 1999, entitled "Eastern Brook Trout", a wood carving that captured blue ribbons from the prestigious "World Fish Carving Championships" in Springfield, Ill. Other blue ribbons followed in shows such as the Ward World bird & fishing competition in Ocean City, Md. among others.
In painting Susan's national debut came in the form of a Limited Edition print entitled "Brookie In The Brush" which earned "highest bid" honors for a wildlife print at auction at Trout Unlimited's 2000 and 2002 National conventions. In 2003 it became the state of Iowa's Conservation Trout Stamp. More habitat stamps followed including one more for Iowa with a whitetail deer, and two for New York Sate in the years '06 through '08 with a wild turkey & big whitetail buck.
Other projects include illustrating for Vermont Fish & Wildlife's educational poster on the black bear. In '03 Winter's most gratifying work of her career came with an invitation to restore wildlife exhibits for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Susan's other vocation is helping take care of fishing derbies since 1980. Her favorite to support is children's derbies because Susan says: "It is a chance to give something back to these kids ... A quality of life in the outdoors that I was so lucky enough to have had a child growing up."
Susan has been a passionate supporter of many other related hunting & fishing charities since 1979.
Those wishing to contact Susan please call 802-878-4942 .