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Below Zero

Below Zero

15x21, Watercolor

SUSAN BULL RILEY lives and works in a renovated East Montpelier

schoolhouse with her husband, the musician Richard Riley. Their two 

daughters are grown and life is further celebrated with the presence of their



Bull Riley has exhibited at the New York State Museum’s Biennial

exhibit “Focus on Nature” which draws on an international pool of artists;

the Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT; the Hunt Institute for Botanical

Documentation; and The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Eight of her

oil paintings were selected for the 2008 Breeding Birds of New York Atlas,

which is marketed in fine art as well as natural history circles. Bull Riley’s

paintings have received honors in regional, national, and international

galleries and institutions. They have been sought by organizations such

as The New York State Museum, The National Science Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and many local land trusts. Her work can be found in public and private collections in this country and beyond, and she exhibits throughout Vermont.


Growing up in Vermont, she often spent more time outside than in. Her paintings suggest that she may still spend more time outside. When indoors, she spends time painting the observations of her day, which often include the birds and other creatures she has encountered. She brings the same affection and close observation to all elements of her practice as she does to the botanical and landscape paintings she creates.

b. 20th Century

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