The sentinel here is an ancient tree, along a river’s edge, long dead. A snag, a sanctuary for owls, woodpeckers, and possibly that high nesting bird, the red-tailed hawk. Suzanne admits to a fascination with the tree, “I’ve always had the feeling it was watching me, like a guardian against some threat. I painted the river and forest as a framework for that watchful dead tree.”

- Suzanne Massion

River Sentinel

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

20" h x 24" w x .75" d
1 lbs. 12 oz.



Suzanne Massion
Hampshire, Illinois

Getting to Know Suzanne

When the land changes, Suzanne Massion's paintings will remind you of the way it once was. She drives the back roads through the tall grass prairies and farmland of her native Illinois, stopping to paint en plein air when the moment strikes. She feels like she's in a race to save a disappearing treasure as buildings burn or open space is paved over. Suzanne donates a portion of her sales to fund local land conservation efforts.