Susan Schaefer — Canadian Fine Artist

Susan Schaefer, owner of Young at Art Studios, is a Canadian fine artist in acrylic & watercolour paints, as well as a photographer and graphic designer. She lives, works and creates at her British Columbia art studio just outside of Qualicum Beach on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC.

Acrylic & Watercolour Fine Art Paintings

As a professional artist in visual fine arts, Susan works mainly in acrylic & watercolour paints, although she started her career working in oils.

Contemporary Paintings:
Florals, Landscapes, Whimsical, Pet Portraits

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Susan is a member of:

  • Oceanside Arts Council
  • Comox Valley Arts Council
  • The Decosmos Fine Arts Society, Parksville
  • The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH), Qualicum Beach
  • Pearl Ellis Gallery, Comox
  • Qu'Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK

Susan says:

I work mainly with acrylics paints. I am a prolific painter and love how quickly they dry, allowing me to stay focused on a piece. I can work on one section of a painting, and while it is drying, move onto another part, working back and forth. I also like the quick and easy cleanup with soap and water.

After a recent workshop with master artist David Langevin, I am excited about working with glazes, building the painting layer by layer.

I also enjoy watercolour painting, but find it a bit trickier then acrylics. I have been having fun experimenting with acrylic paints on watercolour paper with some very pleasing results.


Eagle - photograph

Susan always has her camera with her, plus a spare set of charged batteries, ready for those many magical photo opportunities. As a result, she has taken thousands of photographs for use in advertising designs, artwork, website design and original watercolour & acrylic paintings.

Susan says:

You never know when you take your dog for an afternoon stroll and stumble across a beach loaded with seals or a bald eagle lands directly in your path. It is those times when you say, 'Thank goodness I have my camera with me'.

I rarely throw any images away. What you may think is no good, or out of focus, could someday be used as a wonderful background, or a cropping from a photo used in a painting. Perhaps there is a special effect in one of those photos that you might like to try in one of your paintings. Don't rule out anything.