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Saskatchewan Artist

Susan Schaefer
Echoes of the Past - 2015 - by Susan Schaefer

Susan Schaefer

Susan Schaefer was born in 1959 on a farm near Fillmore, Saskatchewan, and developed an interest in art from an early age. After high school Schaefer moved to Edmonton and took night classes in painting and design from the University of Alberta while working full time for the Alberta Government. A summer class in computer graphics at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design, in Vancouver, was one of the pivotal points in her artisitic career.

Schaefer then moved to Toronto and started a design and publishing company.

In 1999 Schaefer returned to Saskatchewan and purchased a home on an acreage in the Qu'Appelle Valley. There she started a graphic arts company Young at Art which continues today.

In 2007, Schaefer moved to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia (Vancouver Island) to further pursue painting. She established Island Arts Magazine, a quarterly publication showcasing west coast artists.

Schaefer began her career working in oils, but currently paints in acrylics and watercolours. Known for her bold, bright colours, Schaefer bases her work on her own experiences and travels, with subjects ranging from landscapes to animals to florals. "I look for beauty in the wide open spaces, swayback barns and big skies" she says,

She has studied artists such as Ward Schell, Brian Buckrell and Mark Hobson.

Schaefer's work has been exhibited in several galleries in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia and is in private collections across the country.

Susan Schaefer is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the DeCosmos Fine Arts Society and the Pearl Ellis Gallery. Residing in Qualicum Beach, she continues to publish the Island Arts Magazine and is the host of the Annual Island Arts Expo.


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Susan Schaefer

  • Born: 1959. Fillmore, SK
  • Resides: Qualicum Beach, BC
  • Mediums: Acrylic, Oil Painting, Watercolour
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