About Susan


Susan B Marlowe lives and paints in the North Carolina Mountains.  Well known as a regional artist, Susan has also exhibited around the world.  Trained formally at the University of Kentucky, Susan has extended artistic growth by studying with other artists such as Vae Hamilton, Kichung Lizee, Skip Lawrence and Tim Ford.

Susan's work ranges from literal to whimsical representation.  She has been fascinated by the visual and spiritual essence of the cow for her entire artistic career.  Historically, she is following a family tradition passed down from her great grandfather, William Hart, an artist from the Hudson Valley River School, who specialized in painting pastoral scenes with cattle.

Susan enjoys creating personalized commissioned paintings for special occasions and celebrations, such as new births, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays and paintings for healing.  She also specializes in creating pet portraits and children's paintings.

Whatever her subject, Susan strives to portray her subject's essence and energy with a celebration of rich color and texture.

To learn more about Susan's background and influences, check out the following videos, made with Susan at Cheap Joes Art Stuff in Boone, NC. 



  • University of Kentucky; Bachelors of Art with Honors

  • Individual study with artists Jimmy Suzuki, Ayo, Vae Hamilton, Kichung Lizee, Tim Ford


  • Juried member Blue Ridge Artisan Center, 2019

Solo Exhibitions

  • MooJoy Love; Watauga Arts Council, Boone, NC; May 2019

  • Goodnight Boone; Watauga Arts Council, Boone, NC; January 2015;

  • Celestial Seasonings: Mazy Jones Gallery, Boone, NC; November -Jan 2011:

  • Healing Hands; Sticht Gallery, Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem, NC; Jan 06-April 06;

  • Ladies Night Out; Bleeker Street Gallery, Carrboro, NC; Dec 04-Jan 05;

  • Holy Cow; Turchin Center, Boone, NC; Feb-March 2004

  • Open Door Gallery, Jones House, Boone, NC; April 30-May 31;2002

Group Exhibitions

  • Out of the Blue; Selby Jones Cancer Center, Boone, NC; Oct 2018

  • Out of the Blue; Florence Art School, West Jefferson, NC; Sept 2018

  • Out of the Blue; Ashe Arts Council, West Jefferson, NC; June 2017

  • Out of the Blue; Watauga Arts Council, Boone, NC; March, 2017

  • Out of the Blue; Blowing Rock Art History Museum; 9/2015

Exhibitions by Invitation

  • Community Artist Exhibit; Turchin Center, Boone, NC 2018, 2019

  • NIJIIRO Exhibition, One Mind, One Heart; an international travelling exhibition 2014

  • From Global Calamity to Creativity; 3/2013

  • Suisse Geneve Fete de L’art International; Geneva Switzerland, 2006

  • Celebration 2005; featured artist; Blowing Rock Art History Museum, Blowing Rock

Juried Exhibitions

  • Northwest Artists’ Juried Exhibition July 2018; Honorable Mention Wilkesboro, NC

  • Best of the Blue Ridge: Ashe Arts Council, West Jefferson, NC; 2007-2018

  • 2006 Western Regional Women’s Exhibition; Turchin Center, Boone, NC; 2006

  • Virginia Highlands Festival; Abingdon, Va; 2004-2006

Publications and Awards

  • Illustrated the book, Goodnight Boone; 2012

  • Awarded Paul Green Multimedia Award; by North Carolina Society of Historians; for Illustrations in the book, Goodnight Boone; 2013

  • “Ladies in the Hot Tub” featured as cover art in All About Women with feature article; 2006

  • Painting “Prince of Peace” 1st prize Cheap Joe’s; 2009; Boone, NC

  • Painting “The Viaduct” chosen as winner by Piedmont Federal Bank, Boone; 2003


  • Cloverleaf Condominiums; Daytona Beach, FL

  • Seascape; Fleetwood, NC

  • Carousel; Washington, DC

  • Safari; Boone, NCVideos