Susan Larkin’s paintings are the result of her dialogue with the natural world. As she goes about her life on the island—walking the dog or running errands—the beauty of the land and her mood come together in a visceral moment that she documents with a quick sketch or a photograph.
“In the quest to justify my creation of art and meld it with my environmental convictions, “Vermont Wastescapes” was born. This series was a six-year journey to create a large-scale conceptual work celebrating the state I call home, using exclusively re-cycled, re-claimed, and re-purposed materials. It is intended to raise awareness about the volume of human waste we create, and its toll on places of natural beauty, even in a state considered as “green” as Vermont.”
Friends and family of Barbara Smail, a well-loved and highly respected artist from the Burlington area who died in the fall of 2001, established the Barbara Smail Award. The award is given to a mid-career Vermont-based artist who has a desire to expand his or her creative experience and has displayed an enthusiastic support of his or her peers.