Artist Bio

Susan GrinelsSusan grew up in North Carolina with a pony she had won from a contest put on by the first mall constructed in Charlotte. Susan’s love of animals lead her to a career in veterinary medicine working as a certified veterinary assistant for a number of years. It was later that she went to art school and spent her summers in Wyoming horsepacking in the Wind River Range. Susan attended the Corcoran School of Art and graduated with a degree in graphic design. She has won awards at local, regional and international art shows for her torn paper collages and pastel paintings. In 2013 she received the Master Circle award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Susan is a transplanted southerner that now lives in Lander, Wyoming with her husband and assorted animals.


2015  WRVAG 66d National Art Show, 2nd Place & Honorable Mention Mixed Media, Dubois, WY
2015  18th Annual ISAP Open International Exhibition, Paso Robles, CA
2015  35th Annual Audubon Wildlife Show, Honorable Mention, Lander, WY
2015  29th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show, 3rd Place Other Media, Best in Herding Group, Wichita, KS
2014  28th Meeker Classic Art Show, 1st Place, Meeker, CO
2014  34th Annual Audubon Wildlife Show, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Other Media, Lander, WY
2014  28th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show, 3rd Place Other Media, Wichita, KS
2013  WRVAG 64rd National Art Show, 1st Place Pastels, 3rd Place Mixed Media, Dubois, WY
2013  IAPS The Second Master Circle Exhibition, Master IAPS Circle Award, Albuquerque, NM
2013  33rd Annual Audubon Wildlife Show, 1st & 2nd Place, Pastels, Lander, WY
2013  27th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show, 2nd Place Other Media, Wichita, KS
2012  IAPS 21st Juried Exhibition Webshow
2012  Journal of American Medical Asso. JAVMA magazine, Cover Art "Polly" Dec 15, 2012 issue
2012  PSNR "Tight Focus" Show, President’s Award, Idaho Falls, ID
2012  WRVAG 63rd National Art Show, 3rd Place Pastels, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Mixed Media, Dubois, WY
2012  IAPS 20th Juried Exhibition, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
2012  Meeker Sheep Dog Classic Art Show, Meeker, CO
2012  32st Audubon Wildlife Show, 1st & 3rd Place Mixed Media, Lander, WY
2012  Richeson 75 International Pastels Online Show, Finalist
2012  Richeson 75 International Animals, Birds & Wildlife, Pastels Online Show, Finalist
2011  WRVAG 62st National Fine Art Show, 1st Place Pastels, 1st Place Mixed Media, Dubois, WY
2011  25th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show, BEST IN SHOW, 1st Place Pastels, Best Entry Depicting Dog from Working Group, Wichita, KS
2011   Pastel Journal, Creative Spark Challenge, Editor's Choice, April 2011 issue
2011   Pastel USA 25th Annual International Open Exhibition, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2011   Icon-ish: The Art of Susan Grinels and Sally Watts, Lander Art Center, Lander WY
2011   Members only Exhibition, Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY

2014 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY

2014 Pastel Journal, October 2014, Creative Beginning Article

1991 Bachelor of Arts, Corcoran School of Art, Wash. D.C.
1976 Applied Science Degree, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA

Business Owner:
1998 to present WY.SignWorks/Graphic Designer/Artist/Instructor