Susan Schwake
Fine artist and art teacher Susan Schwake is best known for her bold use of color in her nature-inspired paintings and for her playful-process oriented teaching style. In her own work she is most interested in the role color plays in nature and often alters or amplifies color to uplift the work or draw greater attention to overlooked details. She explores and documents her love of nature in her daily practice of watercolor sketches and gelatin monoprints – often fusing them together. Profoundly interested in blurring the lines between reality and dreams, her landscapes and larger works on canvas feature specific and composite locations rendered in unexpected color. Most recently she has been daily illustrating and annotating a memory a day of her mother for the 100 Days Project. 

Along with exhibiting her own work in galleries Susan has also created several large-scale, site-specific public artworks for local municipalities. Her illustrations have been featured by United AirlinesEditions BorealSmall Magazine from China, ON Magazine, and others. She has been featured online at The Working Proof with two of her gelatin prints, at Juxtapoz with an illustration and she has written for WhipUp and Illustration Friday Blog about artists, DIY and teaching art.


Art Educator

Her passion for teaching art and bringing out each student’s personal style has found her working in diverse settings for over 20 years. She has inspired thousands of people in private and public schools, museums and libraries, community organizations, special needs agencies, summer camps, intergenerational facilities, at Plymouth State University and her own little art school, artstream in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Susan has also taken her classroom online and offers a series of e-courses that include painting, printmaking and a parent/child class based on her bestselling books.



Susan Schwake has written five books about creating art with children (and daring adults). The latest release, Art Camp, is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided, open-ended lessons inspired by contemporary artists and nature. Art for All Seasons features 40 seasonally inspired creative art projects. These two books follow the release of her first three books from the bestselling Art Lab for Kids series, with over 100,000 copies sold in the USA. The series has been translated into nine languages, bringing her teachings to worldwide audience. 


Promoting the Arts

To date, Susan has curated over 100 compelling contemporary exhibitions at artstream gallery featuring hundreds of national and international artists’ work. She also provides consulting services and has curated exhibitions for corporate art clients.

Susan lives and works on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Deeply rooted in the belief that art truly creates a community she spearheaded the creation of the City Arts Commission in Rochester, NH. She also founded Art Esprit, a local artist non-profit organization and served as the first president, later as board member, and organized events and public art exhibitions. Among other volunteer work in the arts, Susan organized two art auctions to benefit the Rochester Opera House and later served as a board member.


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