Sue Owens Wright


Patti Arbino, PSWC

Photo by Aniko Kiezel

I studied art at C.S.U.S with esteemed Sacramento artist and Sacramento State Professor of Art Emeritus Robert Else, but I didn’t actually make use of my art degree until I illustrated the cover of my first novel in the acclaimed Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series for dog lovers. In 2005, I started painting with pastels and knew I had finally found my perfect medium. I only wish I’d discovered it sooner.

I revel in the broad array of vibrant hues of pastels and appreciate the forgiving and enduring quality of the medium. There’s something truly joyful and childlike to me about painting with soft pastels. I need only a pastel stick, my hands, and my imagination. Of course, as with every art medium, there is much to learn to do it well.

I have studied pastel painting with Maggie Price, Terri Ford, Reif Erikson, Bobbi Baldwin and others. I use a broad array of pastels, including Unison, Schmincke, Sennelier, Girault, and a few treasured Henri Roch√©. I paint animals, particularly dogs, which are a lifelong passion of mine that I write about in my award-winning stories and books. I also enjoy painting landscapes and love painting en plein air, surrounded by nature’s splendid beauty, color, and light.

My pastels have been exhibited and sold in various Sacramento art shows, including Crocker Art Gallery “Big Names, Small Art,” Sierra Pastel Society (SPS) “Pastels on High,” Sacramento Fine Arts Center “Animal House,” and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center Annual Gala “Art Where Wild Things Are,” CK Art Gallery “A Sense of Place,” Adamson Gallery, and at other local venues and charity fundraisers. My pastel collection was displayed in the Sacramento Public Library’s digital gallery through Friends of the Library and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. I’m a member of Sierra Pastel Society and Pastel Society of the West Coast, and I’m close to earning Signature status with SPS.  



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Artwork by Sue Owens Wright

Paintings in gallery:

Hidden Lake (8.5 x 11.5) (shown above)
Hexworthy Bridge (11 x 15)
Spooner Lake Trail (9 x 12)
Lavender Farm (9 x 12)

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