Teacher Directory: Susan Bull Riley


Botanical drawing and watercolor in addition to a wide background of fine art:  landscape, portraiture, and still-life.  


Montpelier, Vermont USA


Phone: (540)679-0033 Email: susanbullriley@gmail.com Website: http://www.susanbullriley.com


Watercolor, Graphite, Oil


Any botanical subject plus a strong background in birds


Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont


Own StudioTeaches Children Ages Any age Critiques offered Critiques offered by mail

Travel Range

Up to 100 miles, depending on length of teaching engagement, etc.


Instructor at Studio Place Arts. People who have taken my classes express excitement and inspiration to continue to grow, to seek new horizons in skill and expression. The careful observation that makes a botanical painting accurate is, in my work, combined with my background in fine art to include elements of composition, light, color, and the conveyance of emotion that bring a botanical study to a level of beauty that does the plant justice. I have drawn and painted birds with great care since childhood. Work at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (a contributing illustrator to the Breeding Birds of New York Atlas, and study of the Lab's large collection of historical American bird art) has heightened my appreciation for bird art and increased my sensitivity to particulars of personality and form that bring life and energy into a bird portrait.