sue delearie adair
Sue’s artwork is inspired by her love of the natural world: close to her home in
Upstate New York and from far afield. A birder for over 30 years, Sue is an avid
naturalist who draws her inspiration and reference material directly from
observations made in nature. She features detailed subjects with simple, sometimes
even stylized, backgrounds. Sue draws in various combinations of graphite, colored
pencil, and watercolor.
Sue grew up near Syracuse in central New York State and discovered birds and
birding in that area when she was in her mid-twenties. It wasn’t until nearly two
decades later that she combined her latent artistic ability with her love of birds and
began to produce wildlife art.
Today Sue splits her time between homes in Schenectady, New York, and Stony Point
on Lake Ontario. From these locations, she explores many wonderful natural areas,
but most especially the shoreline of Lake Ontario. She spends many hours in the field
observing and photographing wildlife. She has traveled extensively in North America
and has made several trips to the neo-tropics.
Sue’s work has been included in many prestigious national and international exhibits
including Birds in Art (Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum), Art and the Animal
(the Society of Animal Artists annual exhibition), and many international miniature
exhibitions. Her work has received numerous awards including the Society of Animal
Artists' highest honor, the Award of Excellence, and two miniature Best in Show
awards. Sue teaches drawing classes during the summer at the Sackets Harbor and
Thousand Island Arts Centers. She is a signature member of the Society of Animal
Artists, American Women Artists, and the Colored Pencil Society of America.