Susanne Ball: Born in the Virgin Islands and raised in Colorado, artist Susanne Ball has always been inspired by nature. Her tropical acrylic paintings showcase some of Hawaii's most dramatic landscapes, bringing out the vibrant colors and textures found only on the Islands.
Susanne began painting at the age of 11 while growing up on a farm in Colorado. With no access to TV, she spent her time wandering the fields and painting the dramatic landscapes. Years later, she still finds the most inspiration painting on location. She often retreats to the white sand beaches of Hawaii or hikes into the mountains to paint the lush tropical jungle and waterfalls.
Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and has been on display in art galleries throughout California, Hawaii, and Washington. Her pieces have been purchased by collectors living in Japan, Europe, and throughout North America. Susanne's portfolio includes many original pieces, all hand brushed on canvas using acrylic paint.
Susanne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz, and also attended classes at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She has traveled throughout Europe, India and Africa studying art, refining her technique, and helping those who are less fortunate by painting murals and donating her time to improve their surroundings.
Connie Hennings-Chilton: Art has been my passion, since growing up in Canada, filling long winter days with drawing faces and figures. After starting a career in nursing, and traveling from Canada to areas around the world, I decided to make Hawaii my home in 1975.
After helping my husband with his business in 1986 I decided, it was “Now or never” to work at my art full time. I studied with artists such as John Howard Sandin, Raymond Kinstler, Daniel Greene, Ramon Kelly and Don Andrews. I have painted portraits of the executives of Amfac, created designs for phone line USA, Calvary Lutheran Church and, Hawaiian Airlines. Card, pillow, and Children book designs for Island Heritage Publishing Co. and card designs for Laurel Ink of Seattle. I have been a Signature member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society, since 2000. I am a member of the National League of American Pen Women and a member of the Association of Hawaii Artists. I have acted as show chair for the Hawaii Watercolor society, and the National League of American Pen Women.
One can see my work at Island Treasures, Sunshine arts, and Under a Hula Moon.
In 2009 my artwork was displayed at the Aloha Monarch Hula Festival in Fukuoka, Japan. "Legend of the Taro" was used as their cover design.
I continue to experiment with different mediums, but find watercolor fascinating, enjoying the happy accidents, and the mingling of colors. Oils gives me the freedom to paint instinctively, and correcting later. How wonderful to have art as a passion in life!