Susan Remi Dawkins

Although I paint realistically, the goal of my painting is never realism for its own sake. The subject, whether a landscape, a bird, or a pretty girl, is a vehicle to help me express my love for light, color, form, and the medium itself. I live for what Burt Silverman calls “the miracle that turns paint into flesh,” especially with my painting knife work, which forces me to trade a measure of control for the surprising and beautiful spontaneity of the medium, qualities I hope the viewer of my work enjoys as much as I do.  

Remi studied art at the College of William and Mary, the University of South Carolina, and Ringling School of Art and Design, later continuing her education in classes and workshops with Daniel Greene, Dawn Whitelaw, and Carolyn Anderson, among others. She has taught art to children and adults and demonstrated painting knife techniques.