Medium: Plein air paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor
About the Artist: Sue Dolamore’s studio is the wide-open world. Much of her work is painted within a 30-mile radius of Asheville. Sue finds the landscape deeply affecting and is fascinated with the diversity of mountains, skies, forests, farms and fields that are unique to the region. She is inspired by the movement in the humid atmosphere, in the rolling contours of the earth, in the softness of the light where the shadows are rarely sharp but rather soothing and serene. For centuries this has been a place of rest and regeneration and Sue’s artwork hopes to capture this essence. It may give a feeling of wholeness and peace, while at the same time, reminding one that there is always something fresh to experience.
Sue Dolamore brings her personality to her work. While she can be impulsive, she is a woman known for her practical mind, generosity and energetic spirit. Yet, there has always been a bit of the wild in her. This combination of traits comes through in her well-structured compositions, rendered in a harmonious color palette with playful yet deliberate brushstrokes. Her watercolors also show this energy in their loose application of color and spontaneous line. Dolamore’s paintings of the landscape strive to tap into our longing for a sense of place and the desire for a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Sue Dolamore took up painting in 2014 by signing up for a class at ABTech. Several factors led to her progress as an artist: Her willingness to take risks, experimentation with various media and techniques, trust her instincts, heeding the advice of local masters, and her commitment to regular practice. “It takes sincere desire to achieve this level of skill in plein air painting,” says Dolamore. “One has to have a love of both the process of painting as well as the natural environment, both of which can present many challenges.”
Sue has recently opened a studio in the Warehouse Studios in the River Arts District at 170 Lyman Street which is home to Riverlink, a non-profit that takes action to preserve the French Broad River and its tributaries.
Sue Dolamore is the director of the Asheville Urban Landscape Painters, one of the most active and largest plein air painting groups in the Southeastern US. She is also a member of WNCPAP and NCPAP. More of her work can be seen at the Asheville Gallery of Art, 82 Patton Ave. and in the River Arts District, Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman St. #3. She lives with her husband and 2 cats on a ridge above the Ivy River in Madison County.