Marywood College 



Signature Member of Florida Watercolor Society

Signature Member of International Society of Acrylic Painters

Morean Arts Center

Florida Craft Art

Former President of Watercolor Seminars

Florida Licensed Interior Designer

Juried Exhibitions and Awards

The Kotler Gallery (Solo Show)

Gallery Royale (Solo Show)

The Beach Art Center (Honorable Mention)

Gulfcoast Museum of Art

Morean Art Gallery

Imago Art Gallery

The All Florida Show

Florida Watercolor Society (Signature Member)

ISAP Florida Society (Signature Member)

Gasparilla Art Show

Recipient of Pinellas Grant for Professional Artists

Selected for Tampa Banner Program


Festival of the Arts-Inverness, Florida

Beauty and the Beach Art Show-Indian Rocks Beach

Largo Cultural Center- Largo, Florida

Pinellas County Student Art Show-St. Petersburg, Florida

Hyde Park Art Center-Tampa, Florida

Stirling Art Center

Considering herself a "creative colorist", Susan Hess' work reveals her passion for vibrant color and texture. Her bold use of bright colors and fluid strokes convey the energy behind each piece.

Born in Pittsburg, Pa. Ms. Hess began her artistic journey at the age of 9 when she created her own colors by melting together the crayons from "the big box" of Crayolas. She attended Marywood College and graduated with a BA in Art and Interior Design. Working for 25 years as an interior designer, she continued her fascination with color through her use of paint and fabrics. She developed her artistic skills in workshops and classes with national and international artists. 

A resident of Madeira Beach, Florida for over 20 years she creates interpretive impressions of people, places, and nature. The interaction of colors and surface in her watercolors creates spontaneous paintings with a life all their own. When working abstractly Susan experiments with papers, printing, wax and found objects. Her encaustic wax paintings combines the spontaneity of colors, the textures of collage, and the flow of watercolors making it the ideal medium for her new work.

Susan paints and exhibits her work at Artlofts Studios, #211 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work has been included and awarded in numerous regional and national exhibitions. She is a signature member of Florida Watercolor Society and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.