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"If I didn't have
a natural talent for painting, I would have become a veterinarian,"
said artist Susan Bankey Yoder. She has always had a deep love
for all animals and is forever studying and learning from them.
Her enjoyment of the outdoors, combined with a keen eye for detail
produce dramatic renditions of wildlife in their natural surroundings.
She has a commitment
to conservation as well, by contributions and memberships to
various wildlife programs and organizations.
Susan, a signature member
of the Society of Animal Artists, has received many awards and
honors while diligently using her talent to build the foundations
of her career. Her work as an illustrator has resulted in the
publication of numerous books and examples of her work can be
seen nationwide. Primarily a self-published artist, her artwork
has been published in U.S. Art, Wildlife Art, Ruffed Grouse Society
Magazine, Keystone Conservationist, Sporting Classics Magazine
and Mid-Atlantic Fly Fisherman.
Bankey Yoder and friend Shiloh, a mountain
lion cub at the Florida Wildlife Expo - - ->
||She is consisitenly
a finalist in competitions. She is the current winner of the
2003 Indiana Trout Stamp, winner of PA Game Commission's Working
Together For Wildlife conservation print competition for 2002,
recently tied for first place in the 2003 Pennsylvania Trout
Stamp competition and took third place in the Pa Trout Stamp
for 2002, along with four-second place finishes in trout stamp
and conservation print competitions to her credit. Susan also
has a series of trout prints that help to benefit Pennsylvania
Trout Unlimited chapters.
a shot of me signing my winning painting "Homesteader"
at the PA Game Commission Headquarters. The painting won the
Game Commission's "Working Together for Wildlife" conservation
is the winner of the 2004 PA Trout Stamp. She had been trying for 8 years, and has
always been among the finalists. She is also the first woman
to win it. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Fish
and Boat Commission website at www.fish.state.pa.us.
painting, titled "Quiet Time," depicts a fly-fisherman
netting a trout on the Brandywine Creek. Click on the thumbnail
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Painting , for Susan,
is a very personal media. She enjoys the fieldwork that is so
important, and the research of her subjects brings her great
satisfaction. Gouache, an opaque watercolor and acrylic are her
choices for primary medium. She decides which paint to use according
to how it will best suit the subject, claiming a special feeling
for the properties the paint will give her. Her ongoing study
of paintings by other artists to learn and better understand
the many varying aspects of their art and style is part of her
continuing education. "Painting is an evolutionary process;
I'm always growing and learning. It's very stimulating,"
she says. One of her most recent educational experiences came
from a workshop with Carl Brenders in Montana, where her work
was well recieved. "Workshops help fine tune painting skills".
Fishing is one of the
many ways she can do research, and the trout streams of Montana,
Wyoming and Pennsylvania, her home state, are among her favorite
places. "People are always surprised when I talk about fishing."
She states, "I guess it's still a little unusual to hear
about a woman that goes fishing." Susan keeps a sketchbook
and a camera along with her fishing gear, for an opportunity
that arises, transferring them to her saddlebags when horseback
riding or hiking on the trail.
Many of her paintings
enhance both corporate and private collections. She has shown
at prestigious shows such as the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in
Charleston, the Easton Waterfowl Festival and the Florida Wildlife
Expo in Lakeland.
1131 Barkley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
E-mail Address: SusanYoder@kennett.net
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