Susan Nicholas Gephart

Artist Statement

Susan Nicholas Gephart developed a deep appreciation of the earth and its relationship to art when she was a young child. Her passion to explore out door painting, or “plein air” painting is expressed through a unique use of color, texture, and atmosphere, capturing the landscape with spontaneity and directness. Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1979, and an Associate in Arts from Montgomery County Community College in 1977. She has been exhibiting and painting award-winning landscapes for over forty years. Her colorful, impressionistic plein air pastels and oils are in private and permanent collections across the country, such as The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Susan is an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a Signature Member of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. She also co-founded the Plein Air Painters of Central PA.

Susan spreads her love of creating art in nature to all ages through her teachings. She has been instructing since the mid 80’s, and organizing the Hameau Artist Retreats for all levels and mediums. Susan’s workshops are supported by top national art supply companies. Her workshops and artwork are advertised in Pastel Journal, PleinAir Magazine, and Fine Art Connoisseur.    

Susan’s pastel, “Hameau Farm Sunset and Clouds,” was published in PleinAir Magazine’s July 2016 article, “The Many Moods of Clouds.” This fall, Susan was a featured artist to watch in Pennsylvania Crave Magazine. Susan will be invited faculty for the 6th Annual Plein Air Convention in San Diego.

For more of Susan’s work, visit her website at 

Big Sky at Hameau Farm
After the Storm
Distant Reflections on the Susquehanna
Green Drake Paint-Out