Susan Bull Riley

Susan Bull Riley

Hello, Visitor!

Even the quickest glance at my website reveals that I draw my inspiration from the plants, birds, and landscapes around me in our central Vermont home. 

Although my paintings and drawings are based on careful observation that is faithful to the natural world, they spring from an internal vision of what is luminously beautiful.  



A few things for those who find it meaningful:


  • First Place, Westmore Association Plein Air Paint-out July 2016
  • Watercolor 2nd prize, NVAA, Bryan Gallery, 2016
  • People's Choice Award, NVAA summer exhbit, 2016
  • Honorable Mention, "Land and Light" exhibit at the Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT, 2015
  • Hunter Award of Excellence, Vermont Watercolor Society Annual Juried Awards Exhibition 2015
  • Board of Directors Award, Green Mountain Watercolor Exhbition, 2015
  • selected to exhibit in Vermont's Governor's Gallery, 2014
  • Second Prize in Watercolor Painting: "Shades of Fall: Small Picture Exhibition" Bryan Memorial Gallery November 2013
  • Holbein Award in the 2013 Vermont Watercolor Society Annual Juried Awards Exhibit
  • Holbein Award in the 2012 Vermont Watercolor Society Annual Juried Awards Exhibit
  • honorable mention; Bryan Memorial Gallery "Land and Light" exhibit Summer 2012
  • Purchase Award, Poster Artist, and four-time participant in the biennial Focus on Nature exhibit at New York State Museum featuring natural history artists from around the world 
  • Resident in Natural History Illustration at the Huyck Preserve, Rensallaerville, NY 2012
  • Garnet Award, Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY 
  • First Prize in Oil Painting, State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY
  • Cover Artist: Focus on Nature catalogue (back cover) 2006; American Chestnut Foundation Journal 2012; Southern Vermont Arts and Living, winter 2013; 2010 Vermont Community Foundation Report
  • one of ten artists to illustrate the 2008 Breeding Birds of New York State Atlas
  • The highest honor I can receive, however, is to hear that my paintings bring pleasure to the many people who own them. 





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