Susan Headley Van Campen


Susan Van Campen’s plein-air oil paintings are painted with the confident brushwork of a watercolorist, achieving bold impressions of Maine’s landscapes. Her small impressions capture big moments – rapidly changing weather, vast landscapes, dramatic shadows, and heavy clouds.

Susan Van Campen received her certificate of fine art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadephia, PA.

Artist Statement

“I like to paint what I see that strikes me at the moment. Things that don’t last long – like flowers and skies, water, the sunrise, clouds, approaching storms, a dandelion, an open tulip just before the petals fall off – a poppy bud before it bursts … as simple as possible, without laboring. I am trying to capture the color and shape the first time, that’s all.”


Susan Van Campen’s June 2013 show at Hirschl & Adler was reviewed by the Wall Street International Magazine. Read the full article here: 

Susan Van Campen and her family were interviewed by Britta Konau in the Free Press in March 2012:

Susan was featured in Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors magazine’s April 2010 issue. Follow the link to read, “The Art of Flowers” by Carl Little: The Art of Flowers


WATERCOLOR MASTERCLASS, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, April 30 – May 1, 2016

WATERCOLOR PAINTING, Rock Gardens Inn, Sebasco Estates, Maine, July 10-15, 2016