Susan Greenstein grew up in Astoria, Queens, and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since she was a college student at Pratt Institute, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. She went on to receive her MSE from Queens College in 1983. Greenstein has exhibited her works regularly in New York City. Early in her career, Greenstein illustrated children's books and editorials for newspapers and magazine articles. Since 1994, she has taught art to children in elementary & high schools, and has found that teaching keeps her excitement and wonder of art fresh. Susan has been painting on-site for the last 25 years. The High Line, in Manhattan, has become a favorite site as it is the perfect balance between architecture and plant life and how they weave themselves together. In the summer, Susan spends time in New Hampshire studying and painting a very different type of landscape and light.
My work focuses on describing the rhythms and patterns that are found when architecture and nature are juxtaposed. I frequently work on-site with watercolors. Some studies find their way back to my studio to be used for further exploration with either watercolors or oil pastels. When using oil pastels I tend to use a dark ground and an almost sandpaper surface. This surface allows me the opportunity to explore mark-making on a rich, velvety surface. This surface also allows me to work in many layers.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York