Suzanne has had an intimate relationship with the subjects of her art since she was a young girl. Raised in Three Rivers, Ca in the foot hills of the Sierras, she developed a deep love for nature, horses, ranches and the mountains. It was in her blood to live the cowboy lifestyle and she soon grew into an avid horsewoman. At the young age of ten, Suzanne dug and sold fishing worms for three years to purchase her first horse, then an additional three years to buy her first saddle. It was these first signs of determination that enable her to work as a pack guide to finance her college education. She majored in Animal Husbandry, Art and Architecture at Cal Poly State University, CA.
It was at college that she met the love of her life, her late husband Gordon. Suzanne and Gordon raised three lovely children in Le Grand, CA. He roped & taught history, while Suzanne developed her painting career and raised the kids. After the kids grew up they moved to Raymond, CA, to be closer to Suzanne’s beloved Northern Sierras. It is here where Suzanne continues to paint and lives surrounded by a 160 acres of rolling hills and meadows. She has personally designed their Adobe home and studio to flow with the land and to be a showcase for the beauty of nature from every window.
Suzanne is one of the country’s pre-eminent painters of contemporary Western Art. Her accomplishments include:
Membership in the prestigious California Art Club.
Artist in Residence at Yosemite National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
She has been a winner in the “National Arts for the Parks” competition.
Been chosen “Best of Show” with the Society of Western Artists, numerous times.
Listed in the “Encyclopedia of Women artists of the American West”.
And three of her paintings were chosen to accompany President George Bush to China.
She has also been featured in numerous publications, such as:
“Art of the West”
“Cowboys and Indians”
When it comes to the high Sierras & westerns I find that people really appreciate that what I paint comes from first-hand knowledge. I’ve spent years hiking above the timberline in all seasons, always climbing higher to catch that exquisite light at sunset. I have also traveled miles to photograph horses in the Jordan Valley, wagon train enactments and pack mules.
As an artist it is important to me to be passionate about what I paint. Every painting that I have painted I’ve personally experienced, that light, those mountains and have been that rider. I love the western lifestyle and I love the High Sierras. My hope is to share the soul of it, the peace and the rich color palettes with each painting featured. – Suzanne Baker
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