: Susan Gordon Hillier

Susan Gordon Hillier graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.F.A. degree in design. Working primarily in pastels, she captures the scenery of the Hill towns of Ashfield and beyond. Her quiet, reflective nature is expressed in the soft light of the pastel medium as she translates her vision of the landscape. A plein air painter, she works on site capturing the light and mood of the day with subtle shading and colors. “It’s that quiet realm of solitude that I feel in harmony with my surroundings.”

“Mount Holyoke”- While in occupational therapy parking lot, one of the views was Mount Holyoke. Before the leaves apppeared, the added surprise was the summit house. This was a view I looked forward to. That solid, sturdy building atop the mountain became quite meaningful. With Spring approaching, there was a feeling of opposing forces- density and transparency/solidity and lightniess. This is a current scene, this Winter/ Spring, still with touches of snow.”

See more of Susan’s work here