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About Me

Susan Meyer Sinyai

Intuitive Realist

In 1987, when my two daughters were young, I finally discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up. I enrolled in the Art Department at UNC Asheville to embark on a second college career, having graduated earlier from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Sociology. I completed my BFA at UNC Asheville with the highest honors. Since graduating from UNCA in 1994, I have been a working artist, exhibiting in local galleries and winning awards in numerous local, regional and national shows. I was one of the primary collaborators with Tucker Cooke and other artists in the life-sized reproduction of Raphael’s School of Athens, which hangs in the student center at UNCA. My work was chosen to be published in America’s Best of Pastel Artists (Kennedy Publishing 2009)and in Contemporary Painters (Schiffer Publishing 2012), and I was the featured artist in The Asheville Laurel in April, 2012.

Sharing my knowledge is something that has become important to me.  I have taught art at a local elementary school, as well as workshops in various venues, and currently at Deerfield Retirement Community and 310Art here in Asheville, NC.  I really do find joy in emboldening students of any age with an “I can do this!” spirit and gaining confidence in their painting endeavors. I have found that  working with others enhances my own artistic development!  I feel it is so important for painters, myself included,  at every level to continue to expand their skills and nurture their creative spirit. The education of an artist is on ongoing pursuit!

Early in my painting career I focused primarily on portraiture.  I was commissioned by UNCA in 1999 to paint the portrait of former Chancellor Samuel Shuman.  But,   because I have always been drawn to color, texture and a sense of light, I found myself wandering from figurative painting,  being  drawn to the natural world as a source of inspiration.  It is the enchanting, transient effects of the light on the subject matter that I am continually exploring,  attempting to capture that fleeting moment of perfect light.  I love how the light describes form, manipulates color, makes a dramatic statement; but I’m constantly amazed how the quality of light can also evoke mood and memories.  This is what I hope to communicate in all genres of painting, but I have found the landscape to be the richest of tapestries, and the beautiful intricacies of the flower, provide endless material for me to explore and discover.   As i,he observed and painted,  I’ve gained a greater appreciation for our physical world, realizing the transcendent beauty in sometimes the simplest and most everyday scenes, those that we walk or ride by that may appear so ordinary and unassuming, but that are transformed into something of splendor for that short moment of perfect light. And, it goes without saying, that those bucolic and peaceful scenes that exist not far from our urban areas, are being evermore quickly bought up and developed.  My hope is that perhaps my preserving these beautiful visual experiences in a painting will bring awareness to the fragility of these areas - keeping some places "as it is" rather than "the way it was".

Always I  consider myself an oil painter, loving that medium because it is both predictable and challenging.  But the pastel medium is my first love, compelling mainly for its vibrancy, its immediacy, its delicious depth of color and luscious texture.  I find it extremely gratifying to develop a painting in pastel, as there is no drying time and the color remains true as layers are built up brilliantly and remain so.


Light and color!

Color and light!

The mood of the light,

How do the colors express

This mood -that what does

It for me!


I paint from life, from photographs (mostly my own) that give me inspiration, and, perhaps most importantly, my own internal imagery, made up from a lifetime of visual experiences.

Career Highlights

The emotional response clients have to my work, which inspires them to want to own it and have it in their home, is always a highlight for me.  I have won numerous  awards in shows, and that is always exciting as well as affirming, but I have to say that to see someone connect on an emotional level is the best!

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