Susan Carlo
New York, New York

One wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Susan Carlo studied photo realism in art school. Her exquisitely lifelike paintings merge the beauty of the physical world with her own interpretive approach. Flowers are a recurring subject in her work, representing the beauty which somehow survives and flourishes amid the changes of modern life. Painting from photographs, Susan often finds the pictures which are underexposed or overexposed in some way make the strongest paintings. Susan likes to walk her dog, tutor high school students, and garden on her NYC roof deck when she’s not making art.

Artist and Customer Comments

Susan Carlo 2/9/2015 | 12:56 PM

Dear Mr. Bodner, It was lovely to get your message, and I'm glad the painting is with you. It has always been a special piece for me, and just recently it won an award ( best in show) at a local exhibition here in NYC. Very best wishes, Susan

commentsCalla Lily
B Bodner purchased this artwork. 2/8/2015 | 9:58 AM

Lovely piece for our collection. Thank you.

Light and Shadow

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

24" h x 18" w x 1" d
1 lbs. 8 oz.


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This painting, like most of my work, symbolizes the mystery of life and the hope and inspiration we can find in natural beauty. The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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