Suzette Alsop Jones
Landscape, Flower and Bird Paintings
For me, painting is about trying to capture the energy of living things, whether itís the movement in afternoon clouds coming up over the mountains, or the way a tree grows in resistance to the wind. Itís that underlying flow that I feel and look for when I lay out a composition.
I grew up in the Berkshires in a family of painters. My brother and sisters all paint. My mother, Helen Suzette Alsop, still paints in her 80ís, and my grandmother (also a painter) took us to museums practically as soon as we could walk. I first got a B.A. in European History at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and then went back to get an MFA in printmaking and painting at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I taught at the Putney School, the Choate Rosemary Hall School, and spent 18 years as head of the visual art department at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, teaching painting, drawing, architectural design, sculpture and art history. For twelve years I also worked with the performing arts department to design and build sets for the fall plays and spring musicals. I now live in Easthampton, MA where I am painting in the One Cottage Street Studios.
I have always painted, exhibiting new work in 14 solo shows and many group shows all over New England. I have also continued to take courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Decordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, and the Vermont Studio School in Johnson, VT. For many summers I have participated in workshops and residencies with Lois Tarlow in Taos, NM.