Susan Ogilvie was born in Los Angeles, California in 1950. While living in San Diego, California, she attended San Diego State University where she took classes in figure studies and while attending San Diego Mesa College she took classes in drawing, painting and ceramics.
In 1987, Susan began her career of exhibiting in galleries by showing her work in the Brushworks Gallery in San Diego, California. Before moving to the Northwest, she had a solo exhibit in the Orlosky Gallery in Sedona, Arizona and exhibited in group shows in the A. Albert Allen Gallery in Palm Desert, California and the Joan Cawley Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Santa Fe, NM. Over the years, Susan has exhibited in galleries in the Pacific Northwest such as Sunburst Gallery, Chelan, Washington; Sutton West Gallery, Missoula, MT; Gaskill Olson Gallery, Langley, WA; Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA; Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle WA; Runnings Gallery, Seattle, WA and the Childers Proctor Gallery, Langley, WA.
A Signature member of the Pastel Society of America since 1991 and the Northwest Pastel Society, Seattle since 1993, Susan has received many awards and honors. In 1992, she received a first place award at the Temecula Art League Open, Temecula, CA and the Affaire In The Gardens in Beverly Hills, CA. She has received many Awards of Merit from the Pastel Societies of Oregon, Texas, Florida, and Washington.
Susan has been a juror, instructor and lecturer for many years in WA, OR, TN, NC, and NM. To name a few: Willow Wisp Farm Studios, Asheville, NC a painting instructor 2003 and Pastel Society of Oregon, Roseburg, OR a painting instructor and juror; 2002: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN a painting instructor.
Since 1995, Susan has had over 17 publications and reviews in National magazines to include "The Artist's Magazine" March 2003 and December 2002; "The Pastel Journal" Nov/Dec 2003; and the "Pastel Artist International" 2002 most recently.
Susan states, "My landscape paintings represent impressions and observations - not a mere pictorial record of the area, but a statement about how the subject has affected me." Using strong, imaginative, rich and complex colors, Susan's paintings are developed through a process of layering, working from dark to light.