A raccoon leans on a rock pile. Titled on the verso, Bandit on the Rocks. Signed lower right, S Zabinski. (Zabinski was former name. She is now Blackwood.) This cute 1980’s painting is in great condition with no water damage, holes or tears. Inside the double mat the painting measures 10 inches wide and 14 inches tall. Set in a newer golden frame that measures 17-1/2 inches wide and 22-1/4 inches tall.
Several years ago I contacted this artist about this painting. I am including a copy of that correspondence. Also attached to the verso is a 1986 newspaper article about the artist and original gallery tag.
This well collected artist Susan (Zabinski) Blackwood was born 1948 in Chicago. Comes from six generations of artists. Her first art instructions were at the knee of her dad, oil and watercolor painter and sculptor, David Swartwout. As for her formal education She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. In 1982 Susan extended her watercolor studies with Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She has traveled and painted extensively, including three years in Pakistan where she maintained an active studio and had three solo exhibitions. Her works are in the collections of American Express, the French Consulate of Lahore / Pakistan, Anheuser Bush, the Tucson Desert Museum and many others.
Her work has been seen in Southwest Art Magazine, U.S. Art Magazine, and Wildlife Art News. A partial list of her publishers include the National Audubon Society, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance, the Big Brothers Association, National Riflemen's association, North Light Publishers-(Best of Flower Painting by Katherine Kipp) and Medici Society Ltd. of London, England. Watercolor Magazine featured an article about Susan's paintings in 1999. Her originals have been exhibited in galleries in England and all over the U.S. in National Shows and galleries. The recipient of numerous awards, currently her paintings are in 5 galleries in the U.S., in addition to both museum and corporate collections.
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Susan (Zabinski) Blackwood, Raccoon Bandit on the Rocks Watercolor Painting Signed by Listed Artist