Susan Bunce Ritter is an award winning artist living in both Northwest Ohio and Southwest Florida. She holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from San Jose State University and a BA in Psychology from Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois.
Retiring after 30 years as an educator and school counselor, Susan now pursues oil painting full time. Her work has been juried into many local and regional exhibitions in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Florida, winning numerous awards in these states. Additionally her work was featured in The Venice Florida Weekly magazine in 2019, and placed Best Of Show at the Athena Art Society, Toledo, Ohio in 2018. Her work was juried into the All Florida exhibition at the Ft. Myers Alliance For The Arts in 2018, and received the Purchase Award of the Fort Wayne, Indiana Art Museum/ First Place Kekionga Plein Air Paint out in 2018.
Many experiences have contributed to Susan's development as an artist, including studying with top professional artists in the U.S. as well as painting en plein air (on location) with a number of groups in Florida and Ohio. Participating in regional plein air competitions is one of her favorite artistic pastimes.
"My paintings can be described as impressionistic in style and I strive for an interpretive and loose brushstroke. Although I do enjoy painting in studio, I prefer to paint en plein air, because to me, nothing compares to the exhilaration and inspiration that occurs when painting from life outdoors. Every painting has a story to tell, with people to meet and things happening all around while painting on location."
Susan is a participating member of The American Impressionist Society, The Ohio Plein Air Society, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, and The Athena Art Society of Toledo. In addition she holds memberships in several art centers, including The Toledo Artists' Club of Toledo, Ohio and The Venice Art Center, Venice, Florida.
Venice Theater, Venice, Florida (solo exhibition 2019)
Inn At The Beach, Venice, Florida (solo exhibition 2018)
RECOGNITIONS /AWARDS: (Recent)
Second Place, Punta Gorda Visual Art Center Quick Draw, Punta Gorda, Florida 2020
Venice Florida Weekly, March 21-27, 2019. Vol. 1, No. 25. "Into Light And History: The Art Of Susan Bunce Ritter"
Award of Excellence: The Ohio Plein Air Society Annual Competition, 2019
First Place, Quick Draw: Fairfield Plein Air Paint Out, Fairfield, Illinois 2019
Best Of Show: Athena Art Society Annual Competition, Toledo, Ohio 2018
Purchase Award and First Place: Fort Wayne Museum, Kekionga Plein Air Paint Out, Fort Wayne, Indiana 2018
All Florida Juried Exhibit: Alliance For The Arts, Ft. Myers, Florida 2018