Suzanne Marcil was born in Utica, New York, grew up in the French section of Canada. She later moved to south Florida where she had her own accounting software consulting business. When the time came to retire, she and her husband moved to north Florida where she started spending more time exploring the world of art.
Suzanne is a self-taught artist who loves to work with pastel and in 2007 took her first, and very important, colored pencil workshop. She has been fascinated with colored pencil ever since. She loves the precision, convenience and cleanliness the medium offers.
Suzanne is a recognized Signature and ten year Merit Award member of Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work has been featured in quite a few exhibitions, ten of them being the Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition. In 2015, she received an Award of Excellence for her work “My Sister’s Crystal”, and in 2023 she received an Award of Distinction for “Glass Menagerie”. At one time she was chosen to be published in the CP Treasures Volume V: Colored Pencil Masterworks from around the Glove and Strokes of Genius 10.
Suzanne is a member of CPSA District Chapter 113 where she presently serves as treasurer. She is also a member of the Live Oak Artists Guild where she serves as treasurer. She also has been the director of the annual "Autumn Artfest" fine art exhibition for multiple years.
About HER WORK
Suzanne's works almost always start with a setup. She spends a lot of time making sure the subject, background, light and reflection are perfect to her eye. After choosing the final photo from multiple try outs, she picks the one she falls in love with, since she will be spending lots of hours laboring on it.
Most of Suzanne's colored pencil work is done on U-art sanded pastel paper, a rough surface that is very forgiving and can take a lot of abuse and multiple layers of colored pencil. She normally starts with the lightest areas and then shades the darkest areas with a complementary color. She then will work the middle tones with many layers. When all the details have been cleaned up, she will put the piece away and revisit it at a different time to examine it with a new eye before calling it done!
Suzanne's favorite subjects are crystal, glass and satin. She also likes to work on hair and fur. She works mostly with Prismacolor Premier and Verithin; Caran D'Ache Luminance and Pablo; and Faber Castell Polychromos.