Susan Curington
Views of the Natural World

I am in love with - smitten by - Nature.

I thrill at light dancing through a backlit leaf or flower petal or the radiance of a butterfly wing. Hundreds of vivid and subtle hues of color and luminosity surprise me.  Like many people are touched by hearing music, I am deeply moved by color - sometimes near tears - with heartbreaking gratitude or giddy exhilaration.

Close observation of Nature is the best part about painting for me.  Being still and seeing deeply; taking time to fall in love with what I see. Savoring an intimate connection with Creation. The graceful curve of a flower petal, the myriad shades of green in a single leaf, the unexpected shape of the horizon line all inspire me.

I am third generation, living on and caring for my rural wooded land-seeing the stars at night, hearing the coyotes yipping, watching the seasons shift. Some particular trees I have known since childhood. My heart’s passion for creativity is a direct connection to the power and mystery of the larger force that surrounds all of us. My hope is that my art communicates the intimacy, vitality, aliveness, and lusciousness of Nature.




Susan Curington  503-277-8101


Commercial, Public & Permanent Works

University of Portland, School of Nursing, Portland, Oregon

Oregon Food Bank, Headquarters, Portland, Oregon

PacificSource Health Insurance Corporate offices, Portland, Oregon

Pacific University, Science Building, Forest Grove, Oregon

Linfield College, Library, McMinnville, Oregon

Meals on Wheels People, Portland, Oregon

Samaritan Pacific Hospital, Newport, Oregon

Samaritan Pacific Health Center, Corvallis, Oregon

Marjorie House Memory Care, McMinnville, Oregon

Wetlands Conservancy, Portland, Oregon

Tillamook Health Center, Tillamook, Oregon

Althea Wellness Center, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Various works: Law Offices of Littler Mendelson, Portland, Oregon 

Law Offices of Kell, Alterman & Runstein, Portland, Oregon


Galleries and Shows

Valley Art Gallery Featured Artist 2011, 2014, 2017 Forest Grove, Oregon

Cawein Gallery at Pacific University, March 2018, Forest Grove Oregon

Ryan Gallery Lincoln City, Oregon (Gallery closed)

Fairweather Home & Gallery Featured Artist April 2016, May 2017, Sept 2017, Seaside, Oregon  

Cannon Beach Art Association “Creatures” (juried) show, May 2016, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Curiosa, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cannon Beach Gallery  Miniatures show November-December 2013, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Narthex Gallery, First Presbyterian One Woman Show, September-October 2013, Portland, Oregon

Trilogy "Quick Draw" Wine-Art-Food, The Allison Inn, March 2012, Newberg, Oregon

Art Elements Gallery "Good Things, Small Packages" Show, December 2011, Newberg, Oregon

Newburg Chamber of Commerce One Woman Show, December 2011, Newberg, Oregon

Sitka Art Invitational November 2011, Portland, Oregon

Chehalem Art Fest July 2011, Newburg, Oregon.  Juried show, Voted “Best Booth"

Sequoia Gallery “Hip to be Square” show,  Spring 2011, Hillsboro, Oregon

Sequoia Gallery Featured Artist show, August 2010, Hillsboro, Oregon

Village Gallery of Art 2010, Portland Oregon

“Life Drawings” One-woman show, Valley Art Association, Forest Grove, Oregon (1982)

Contemporary Crafts Gallery Portland, Oregon (Juried in at age 13)


Private Collections:   Many works in private collections in Oregon, Washington, 

Alaska, California, Texas,  New York, France and England.



Hillsboro Schools Foundation, Artist in Residence, West Union Elementary School 2023-24

2 week Residency A Boste, Be Artz, Sauveterre de Bearn, France 2024



Oregon Arts Commission, Artist Relief Grant 2021

Regional Arts and Culture Council, Project Grant 2019

Yes Project Micro Grant, 2019

Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Professional Development Grant 2016-17



Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, Interdisciplinary Studies (Health, Psychology & Art), Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon 1982


Relevant work and life experience

2009-present: North Woods LLC & VIVID Stabilized Woods, Manager & Marketing Director. Providing Pacific Northwest Hardwoods (Reclaimed or sustainably harvested) for wood artisans. 

2006-2009:   Evergreen Investments Corporation, President.  Designed 22 new homes on the Oregon Coast; Chose color schemes, materials, style; Completed interior decorating for multiple homes.

1998-2003/2008-2011:  Cloud Mountain Board of Directors, Castle Rock, WA, a non-sectarian Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center, 501C3

1995-1998:   Volunteer Teacher for Tibetan Nun’s Project, under the auspices of HH the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India.   Subsequent fundraising for Tibetan Nun’s Project, USA, 501C3

1982-2008: Licensed Massage Technician, Psychophysical Therapeutic focus

1982- 1995: Therapist training, extensive graduate level courses in various modalities

1987-1995: Meditation teacher, Cloud Mountain, Castle Rock, WA, a non-sectarian Buddhist retreat center, 501C3