Creating a Lasting Impression

Susan Fusco-Fazio was 5 years old when her mother gave her an art easel and the gift inspired a lifelong love of painting.

“I was the only one in my family who seemed into art,” says Fusco-Fazio, an art educator known for her vibrant plein air paintings. Her work depicts coastal scenes of the area and in varying weather conditions, seasons and and times of day.

Fusco-Fazio recalls discovering Claude Monet’s work in high school, while reading art history books in the library. Learning about Monet inspired her to paint the natural landscape in a plein air style. She has called the outdoors her studio ever since, setting up her easel early in the morning or shortly before sunset. Fusco-Fazio often paints the same scene in different seasons and from different angles. She typically  paints for about six hours at a time with the goal of finishing her work in one sitting. Any longer, she says, and the scenes can change.  She typically makes a second smaller,  painting later in the day. “And sometimes it comes out even nicer,” she says. 

Her work has been featured in exhibits throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. In the summer, she offers private plein air painting lessons at inspiring seaside locations on the South Shore. More information is available on her websites, and—Sam Anderson

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