Susan Greenstein

“I grew up in Astoria, Queens and have lived and worked in Brooklyn since I was a college student at Pratt Institute. I received my BFA in Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute, and went on to receive my MSE from Queens College. I spent the following 12 years illustrating childrens? books and articles for newspapers and magazines. Following the birth of my daughter, in 1994, I began to teach art to young children through the organization, Studio in A School. There I enjoyed a tenure of 12 years. Since September 2008 I have been teaching both elementary and high school students at Brooklyn Friends School. I have found that teaching keeps my excitement and wonder of art fresh and I find my young students? enthusiasm contagious.When I am not teaching, I dedicate my time to painting with watercolors and drawing mostly on-site around New York City. I am intrigued by the textures and patterns found in community gardens as well as in the local architecture. The Highline, in Manhattan, has become a favorite place to paint, as it is the perfect balance between architecture and plant life and how they weave themselves together. In the summer, I spend time in New Hampshire studying and painting a very different type of landscape and light.Recently, I have become very interested in printmaking and my recent work consists of vibrant, highly patterned monoprints. I live with my husband Phil who is also a painter, and our daughter, Gina and cat, Kalo.”

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