Biography And Awards - Suzanne Hetzel


Recent Prizes and exhibits:


  • Exhibit of Recent Works - Halle Cultural Arts Center One Person Exhibit, 2019

  • Watercolor Society of North Carolina, 2019, 2018, Past Presidents Award 2017 (Signature Member)

  • Missouri Watercolor Society China Exhibit, 2018

  • Gallery 311, Raleigh, NC, Abstraction Exhibit 2017

  • Exhibit of Recent Works - Addison Center for the Arts, Addison, IL 2016

  • Watercolor West, 2016, Janet Hilford Memorial Award - 2015

  • Philadelphia Watercolor Society, 2014

  • American Art Awards 2014, 2nd Place - Floral, 2nd Place - Fashion, 3rd Place - Abstract, 4th Place - Landscape

  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 2019, Norah Stevens Award 2013, 2006, 2004 (Signature Member)

  • Contributor - Splash 15, 2013, F&W Publications

  • Women’s Works National Exhibit, Northwest Area Arts Council, 2000,2001, 2013 - Third Place Award

  • Skip Watts Exhibit, 2013 Honorable Mention

  • Illinois Watercolor Society Members Exhibit, 2012 Best of Show

  • Pikes Peak International Watercolor Exhibit, 2011

  • Illinois Watercolor Society, 2016, 2014, 2012 First Place Award, 2011, 2010 (Signature Member)

  • Louisiana Watercolor Society, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 2015, 2010-Springmaid Award, 2009, 2007 (Signature Member), 2006

  • Featured Artist - Splash 11, 2010, F&W Publications

  • Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, 2010, 2006

  • California Watercolor Association, 2010

  • Cinncinati Art Club "View Point", 2010, 2007, 2006

  • Exhibit - Loft Gallery, Chicago, 2009

  • Society of Watercolor Artists 2009, Merit Award

  • Richeson 75 - Florals, 3 pc., 2009

  • Wyoming Watercolor Society, Honorable Mention Award, 2007

  • Richeson National Landscape Exhibit, 2016, 2007

  • Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour "Open Water" 2007

  • Rhode Island Watercolor Society, 2006

  • Plano Arts Center Plano, TX National Exhibit 2006

  • Award, College of Lake County Recent Works 2003

  • Urban Edges V - Barrington Area Art Center 2001

  • Featured Artist - Deer Path Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois

  • Award of Excellence, Woodstock Art Fair 1999

  • Award, Lake County Art League, 1998

  • Purchase Prize, Glenview Art League, 1998

This Chicago area artist does pseudo-realistic paintings in watercolor. While they appear realistic, a closer look reveals how the artist incorporates a variety of techniques including salt, scratching, splashing, pouring and repel to create the finished affect.

The artist works primarily from life and her imagination, using photographs only as reference. Suzanne’s passion is aqueous media as an expression of the world around her. She is interested in the forms of nature combined with the structures of man, and the endless variety they present. Recent works demonstrate a serious attention to patterns created by common objects, and how they integrate with their surroundings and each other. Suzanne states, "I have a genuine attraction for groups of things, and the way they interact visually. It is fascinating how objects can be so similar and so different at the same time."

Suzanne Hetzel was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and has lived and painted throughout the United States. The opportunity to travel has allowed Suzanne to experience a broad variety of environments that have been a source of great inspiration.

Suzanne began painting at the age of 8. She first experienced watercolor through the lessons by her grandmother, Dorothea Mendte Taylor. Her early studies included work at the Wallingford Art Center in Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Cyril Gardner. She later graduated from Moore College of Art and Design where she was privileged to study with Georg Sklar, Charles Fahlen, Edward Shenton, Janette Banks, and Robert Koffler. Recently, Suzanne has been painting in other opaque media (acrylic, water soluble oils), with a focus on women and their life experiences as the thrust of her subject matter. She states, "Artists cannot be defined by a media or a subject. Their inspiration and form of expression must change to keep growing creatively".

All works are original watercolors painted on 100 % rag paper. This paper will not discolor over years and will maintain the strong and vivid color the artist has intended. The paint used is the highest quality available. It is pure, highly refined pigment from England and America. Suzanne’s paintings are intended to last indefinitely with proper care. All mats are acid free to additionally protect the artwork.

In addition to her fine arts endeavors, Suzanne has worked as a commercial artist, written and illustrated a children’s book entitled Nony the Pirate, designed textiles for R.A. Briggs, and taught various commercial design courses at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She currently teaches watercolor, drawing, and studio classes.

Suzanne has paintings and drawings in collections throughout the United States and Great Britain. She has works in the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia, and LaGrange Park, Batavia, and Waukegan Public Libraries. In addition she has designed and executed murals for a variety of public facilities and private residences.

Suzanne is President Emeritus of The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Past President and Founder of the Kendall Arts Guild, Kendall County, Illinois, and Founder and lifetime member of the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation.

The artist can be contacted at:

Dragonfly Studio (artist’s studio)



Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Gallery

983 Main Street, Antioch, Illinois 847.838.2274


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