Susan Budash

She currently resides in Chattanooga TN, but was born and lived in Chicago until she was married in 1975.  Her parents, recognizing in her a budding artistic talent at the age of 10, enrolled her in a three-year, weekly oil painting classes with Jack Simmerling, the accomplished Chicago landmark water colorist.  Years into her marriage and living in the Niagara Region of New York State, she attended the State University of NY at Buffalo, thus earning a BFA in Printmaking and an MA in Art History. 

Studying Modern Art History and further applying that knowledge in creating art, with conventional and non-conventional materials was stimulating and fun, but it left her feeling unfulfilled and unchallenged as an artist.  Within a decade of graduating with her Masters, she had the good fortune in visiting Italy and Austria and seeing their magnificent art collections.  The genesis of this esthetic experience instilled in her a quest not only to return to Traditional Oil Painting, but also to actively seek out the archival methods and materials used by the Old Masters and apply them to her own creative expression.  In doing so, she discovered her creative voice.

Her work has been published in many publications, most notably, American Art Collector Magazine (2010 and 2013), as well as having exhibited in numerous national juried shows. She is an award recipient and active member with Oil Painters of America.


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