Susan Moss Cooper began painting in oils at a young age under the instruction of her grandmother, Leola Moss, a nationally recognized award-winning painter. A great source of inspiration since childhood, Leola also instilled in Susan her love of the landscape.
Susan's grandmother, Leola began painting in 1938. She studied under early Texas artist Vivian Aunspaugh for 10 years. She also studied with Jessie Davis, Ramon Froman and gave art demonstrations to the Frank Reaugh Art Club. Frank Reaugh and Vivian Aunspaugh are the pioneers in bringing professional art to Dallas during the early 1900's and Leola played a key role in the Dallas art scene during her career, exhibiting at Joseph Sartor Galleries on several occasions, as well as her own gallery, '3020' at 3020 McKinney Avenue.*
Susan's style is heavily influenced by these early Texas artists, especially her grandmother. Like her predecessors, she prefers to experience the landscape first-hand and often paints en plein air (on location). Her focus has been on the Texas Hill Country, as well as landscapes from her travels throughout Europe and the Southwest. “Painting on-site brings so many other elements to a piece. The work is the result of my reaction to what I’m experiencing in the moment – the temperature, the wind, the light, indescribable qualities that come out in the painting. I’m more concerned with capturing the spirit of a place and my response to it rather than the exact color or duplication of what I see.”
Her recent interest in figurative work has led her to study with Kim English and Lesley Rich. Other noted artists she has studied with include Jeanette LeGrue, Gordon Fowler and Suzanne Kelly Clark. Susan is an award-winning painter and is represented in many private collections across the country.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society and The National League of American Pen Women. She lives in Dallas with her husband Rob, four year old son Tres, a cat and a border collie named Sudie.