Purple Stirrings Emergence | acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30"
Between Fires
Aqua Woods | mixed media on canvas, 24" x 20"
Green Hills to Surf | 14" x 18"
Abstract 1947 | 11" x 14"
She Comes to Me in My Sleep | 12" x 16"
 Land & Sea, Sea & Land | 30" x 24"
Said to be Strong | acrylic on paper, 24" x 36"
Abstract on Abstract | 12" x 12"
Yellow Salted Space | mixed media on canvas, 30" x 40"
Autumn on Fire | acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
Bouquet to the Green Way | acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"
Linear Floral Sucked to Earth | acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"
Alien Bloom | acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"
Some Color for Ya | 14" x 11"
Skyscrape Masher | 24" x 20"
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Arial of Fire Land | 24" x 20"
Liquid Fire | acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14"
The Other Side of Hope | 11" x 14"
Old Love Meets New Day | acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"
Dog before God | 30" x 40"
Safe Harbor | 16" x 20"
Diamond Rough | 20" x 16"
Beyond the Office Window | acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"
I Like Abstract | acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
Clash of the Cosmos | acrylic on canvas, 50" x 50"
Yellow-Green Abstract | acrylic on canvas, 16" x 30"
Pallet Painted Landscape | 16" x 20"
Tapped into Submission | mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20"
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Susan Shipley

Philadelphia PA


Artist Statement

Susan Shipley believes that art-making exists on a moral or metaphysical plain. The art process is activated by internal and external stimuli, triggered by an emotional tug. Stimulated, the artist reacts to external stimuli from their core. The artist reacts to the beauty found in the natural landscape and the abstract way social injustice restricts our experience, such as attempts made by the powerful domination over the land, over our wellbeing, over our time to enjoy nature. The destruction by the powerful has, seemingly, no limits. From behind a fractured curtain, the artist finds in a chaotic world. Resulting Abstraction forms from color and movement in a rushing dynamic wave that weaves across the picture plane through fractured obstruction.

Artist Biography

Susan Shipley began painting as a child, and has continued this communion between brush and canvas, and through various other media throughout her life. She also practices clinical and school psychology. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, Notre Dame, Ursuline College-Art Therapy, and obtained a Ph.D.in Counseling Psychology from Kent State University. She participates in continuing education at the Fleisher Memorial. Past involvement in the arts includes curating shows at the Cleveland State University, Lake County Arts Festival and Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. As a practicing psychologist, Shipley has used art therapy with students, patients, clients, and the criminally insane. For Susan, art and therapy are intertwined. She notes that, “Not only does art heal, it also reveals.”

Awards & Honors

Fleisher Student Show
First Place in Abstract Art
Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Second Place


Continuing Education
Fleisher Art Memorial
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Doctorate, Counseling and Human Development
Kent State University, Kent, OH
M.Ed, Rehabilitation Counseling
Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH
B.A., Human Resource Management, Art
Art Therapy Program, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

Professional Experience

Psychology, Art Therapist for students, patients, clients, and the criminally insane


Ashtabula County Art Center, Ashtabula, OH
Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Various shows
Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Various juried shows
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
Various shows
Northwest Arts Collective, Philadelphia, PA
Various shows
Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia, PA
Various shows
Art in City Hall, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Ohio State Hospital, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Shows for art therapy NGRI-patients
Lake County Arts Festival, Lake County, IL
Shows for art therapy NGRI-patients
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA
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