Susan Wadsworth


As a recently retired humanities professor from Fitchburg State University, I am pleased to have more time in my studio.  As a professor, I taught studio art and a wide range of art history: from modernism and the history of architecture to Asian art and interdisciplinary courses. 


In my own drawings, I have always been inspired by landscape, especially the rolling hills of New England.  At first, in the late 1980s, I was inspired by flying over New England, where my small shapes from the earlier 1980s were integrated into broader landscapes.  In 1999, I was inspired by the birth of my third child (a daughter) to create “childscapes,” or life from the mother’s point of view. 


When my children outgrew the limits of the “childscapes,” I returned to landscapes inspired by travels to western Europe, Asia, central American and North America.  After visiting China and Japan in 2015, 2017 and 2019, I began to integrate the use of black ink with my pastels.   


I am fascinated by the abstraction of Japanese prints and the work of the Early American Modernists associated with the galleries of Alfred Stieglitz.  The simplicity of the forms and layered textures echo the energy and rhythms of daily life.  The mood is peaceful but energized.