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Susan Lea Hackett

IMG_0034Susan Lea Hackett was born in Southern California in 1948.  Her mother was a master needleworker, and her grandmother an accomplished oil painter.  She escaped to Northern California at the age of twenty and earned a BA in Practice of Art at UC Berkley, with an emphasis on painting.  After working for several years as an artist’s model, she entered a career in geriatrics, teaching various arts to frail elders.  In 1984 she began making quilts, and received award both locally and nationally for her art quilts.  She has taught classes on quiltmaking and textile art in senior centers and various private venues.  In recent years, she returned to her roots in painting and drawing, and while living in the bay area she worked from a live model once or twice a week.  She also enjoys plein aire watercolor work.IMG_0035   She has taught life drawing and watercolor painting from the model at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda.  Other areas of exploration include photography, mixed media work combining paper and cloth, textile painting, and artist’s books.  After living in Alameda with her husband Don for 35 years, they sold their home and moved full time to their former vacation home in Strawberry.  She continues to be represented by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda and also shows her work at Ventana Gallery in Sonora, California.  Susan joined the Motherlode Artists in 2012, and extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to spend and afternoon with her plein aire painting on the Stanislaus River.  Just contact her by email at or call her at 209 965-0253.IMG_0041IMG_0033