I follow multiple paths in my work, thinking about places past and present, hoping to remind the viewer of their own places and memories. I focus on the movement I see in the subject, as well as the compositions created by abstract shapes in nature. I look for patterns of light and shadow to create the artwork’s structure and meaning. My intent as an artist is to create balance between opposing forces, between variety and continuity, darks and light, rhythm and melody.

My paintings also reflect my lifelong passion for the landscape, reflected by my work in land conservation and environmental planning. I have always been fascinated by places, both urban and rural, and attempt in my artwork to explore the underlying character of a place. I see both the landscape and the arts as healing forces. Land conservation aims to preserve the wholeness inherent in a landscape, just as the artist strives to balance the whole with the parts, mirroring the inner balancing act within ourselves.

Gallery Representation

Pine Moon Fine Art, Co-Owner, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2013 to present.
Circle 7 Fine Art/Steamboat Artists Gallery, Co-Founder, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2006-2013

Selected Exhibitions

Artists in our Midst Annual Show, Roundhouse Community Center, Vancouver, BC, 2015
Artists in our Midst Artists’ Studio Walk, Vancouver, BC, 2015
Circle 7 Fine Art/Steamboat Artists Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
Heritage Preserved, 2013
Earth Shape, 2010
Light Translations, 2009
Earthscapes, 2008
Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO
Bloom, 2014
The View from Here, 2004
Summer Art, 1995
Colorado Group Realty, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2012
Creekside Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2010

*Susan also has paintings in private collections throughout the United States.



Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, Portrait Painting;
Chicago Academy of Art, Chicago, IL, Figure Drawing;
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN; Photography;
Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, Painting


Jordan Wolfson, Oil Painting, 2019
Dave Santillanes, Oil Painting, 2018
Meghan Wilbur, Collage, 2018
Leanne Christie, Oil Painting, 2015-2016
Stuart Shils, Acrylic Painting, 2015
Dan Young, Oil Painting, 2013
Eric Aho, Oil Painting, 2011
Dennis Pendleton, Watercolor Painting, 2011
Quang Ho, Oil Painting, 2012
Susan Shatter, Oil Painting and Watercolor Painting, 2000 and 2003
Joan Hoffman, Oil Painting and Watercolor, 1993-2003


Susan enjoys teaching art and has taught private and group lessons in watercolor and mixed media. She currently teaches expressive art to the developmentally disabled through Horizons Specialized Services in Steamboat Springs, CO, and elementary students at Crawford Elementary School in Aurora, CO.