Susan A. Hollis - Susan has spent most of her summers since childhood on Cape Cod. Now a professional landscape painter, the tranquil beach scenes, sparkling waters and wind-swept dunes that have caught her artist's eye throughout her lifetime figure prominently in her impressionistic oils and pastels.

picture of Susan A Hollis artist, Cape Cod MA
picture of Susan A Hollis artist painting shore on Cape Cod MA

Artist's Statement:

The contrasting light on the landscape and surrounding architecture has long be my inspiration. I love the patterns and textures created by the light of the differing seasons.

As a long time fiber artist, I interpreted these landscape elements into my weaving: essentially painting with yarn. Now, my work in oil and pastel focuses again on the landscapes, seascapes and skies that have always inspired me.

There is a rhythm to painting that each artist orchestrates for themselves, a kind of color drenched warp and weft into which the artist weaves their emotional responses to the subject with an individual virtuosity for expressing what is seen. Dedication to trusting my own responses and love of what I do is woven into my painting and my life.

I want my paintings to make the viewer reflect on the mood, time of day and the composition that I hope evoke a sense of place to dwell and find comfort.

Susan Anne Hollis , PSA, CA

Susan A. Hollis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked as a freelance fiber artist for 18 years, completing commissions for corporate clients and exhibiting in galleries around New England. Painting, at first, a way to unwind from the physical demands of the loom, gradually became her passion. Since 1994, she has worked as a professional artist painting in both oil and pastel.

A Copley Artist, Susan paints full-time in her studio on the Cape, creating colorful, peaceful works that have won her Signature membership in the Pastel Society of America and a place in such juried shows as: the American Artists Professional League (Salmagundi Club) in New York City, Signature 2009 at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Hudson River Valley Art Association, NY and The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, NY. In addition to the Copley Society of Boston, Susan is a Fellow Member at the American Artists Professional League, a Gallery artist at the Cape Cod Art Association, a Signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, The Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painters of Maine.


  • Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA
  • Copley Society of Boston

Selected Exhibitions:

2016 Creative Art Center - 21st Annual All Cape Cod Art Show - juried - Chatham, MA - 508 - Night Fire - pastel
"Elements: 21 Interpretations" Twenty-One In Truro, Creative Art Center, Chatham, MA: 555 - Dune Edges, 572 - Blue Heaven, 550 - Just Beginning
Connecticut Pastel Society - Signature Exhibition: Purely Pastel - Lyme Art Assoc., 498 - Transition, pastel - 2016 Purely Pastel Chrystal Award of Excellence
Cape Cod Art Association - All Cape Cod Exhibition: 530 Almost, pastel - The National 2016: 387 - Window Shopping - oil
Cahoon Museum of Art - Pastel Invitational, Cotuit, MA
2015 Seventh Annual Pastels by Invitation Show - A National Exhibition at Chatham Creative Arts Center Chatham, MA

Pastel Painters of Maine-15th International Juried Exhibition for "Pastel Only"
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod - "For Pastels Only" Cultural Center of Cape Cod
19th Annual All Cape Cod at Chatham Creative Art
CPS 2014 Signature Member’s Show - Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Copley Society - "Shimmer" - Summer Member Show
Sixth Annual Pastels by Invitation Show - Chatham Creative Art
Second Annual September Invitational - Chatham Creative Art
Cape Cod Art Association - All New England Exhibition
   1st Place - Pastel and Best New England Landscape
Connecticut Pastel Society - Renaissance in Pastel
American Artist Professional League - 86th Grand National


Selected Works from the Pastel Society of America
The Butler Institute of American Art -Youngstown, Ohio
For Pastels Only - Pastel Cociety of Cape Cod - Juried National Show
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, So. Yarmouth, MA
Pastels by Invitation - Chatham Creative Arts - Chatham, MA
Copley on Cape Cod - The Copley Society of Boston - Juried
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, So. Yarmouth, MA
21 in Trueo - Reflections - SRD Gallery - Dennis, MA
Group show curated by Susan Reid Danton
Reflection - 21in Truro - Westfield State University
Downtown Gallery, Westfield MA
Renaissance in Pastel - Connecticut Pastel Society - 20th National Juried Exhibition
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwick, CT
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club - 117th National Open Juried Exhibition
National Arts Club, New York City
Painting New England in Pastel - Pastel Society of Cape Cod - Juried
Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
Celebrating Color - Signature 2013 - Pastel Society of Cape Cod
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
Solo Exhibitiion - Gallery Antonia - 578 Main Street, Chatham, MA, October 10 - 31, 2013

Current and Upcomming Exhibitions


  • Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
  • Copley Society of Boston, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA - Copley Artist
  • American Artist Professional League - Fellow, 47 Fifth Ave, NY
  • Cape Cod Art Association - Gallery Artist
  • Signature member in the following
    • Pastel Sociey of America
    • Connecticut Pastel Society
    • Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
    • Pastel Painters of Maine
  • 21 In Truro
    • Provincetown Art Association Museum
      Visions & Voices of The Outer Cape -2007