Welcome to the artistic expressions of Susan De'Armond in watercolor and Oil.  My favorite way to paint is "en plein air," a French term for in open air or on location.

Many of the paintings shown here are painted on location in, but not limited to, Southern California.  Enjoy mountain vistas, rocky desert, historic sites, floral "close-ups" or misty ocean scenes.  Such are the many moods of California.

About the Artist

A striking scene always provoked the question in Susan, "How would I paint that?"  While pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, art history introduced her to the Impressionist Painters.  The spontaneity of their work sparked her imagination while waiting for the day she could take up her own art.

Following her interior design career and raising a family Susan turned to her art.  In 2007 she encountered the Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR).  Their shared passion for capturing the Riverside and Southern California ambiance was enough to get her "hooked on plein air!"

Susan has sought out instruction from Frank Eber, Fealing Lin, Mel Stabin, Tom Fong and as of late, Thomas Schaller.  She continues to explore various techniques as she hones her own style.  

Awards  and Exhibits


The Arts Colony (TAC) "Water" Show

First Place in Watercolor & First Place for Theme in Watercolor

The Brandon Gallery, Fallbrook, CA  "Plein Air Show"

Third Place & Honorable Mention

Corona Art Association (CAA) Bringing in the Green Show - Second Place

TAC - "Emotions" Show - Second Place in Oil

TAC - "Best of Your Best" Show - Third Place in Watercolor

Plein Air Artists of Riverside "10th Anniversary Extravaganza" Paint Out

Second Place in "Main Exhibit" & Third Place in "Quick Draw"


Corona Art Association (CAA) 50th Anniversary Show - First Place & Honorable Mention

PAAR Ninth Annual Paint Out - "Quick Draw" Third Place Winner

TAC "Dawn to Dusk" Show - Second Place in Watercolor

CAA "Artist of the Year" Show - First Place

TAC "Figurative" Show - Third in Watercolor

CAA "Happy Holidays Show" - Honorable Mention


TAC "Windows and Doors" Show - First in Theme                             

TAC "Shadows" Show - Second in Watercolor                                                            

TAC "Song in My Heart" Show - Second in Watercolor                                               

TAC "Spring Botanical" Show -  Third in Watercolor                                                  

CAA "Spring Exhibit" - First Place                                                                            

 CAA "Summer Exhibit" - Honorable Mention


PAAR Seventh Annual Paint Out Exhibit - Honorable Mention                                    

Summer Arts at Dos Lagos - Honorable Mention                                                   

Juried into the "National Orange Show"


CAA "Spring Fling" - Best of Show                                                                            

PAAR Sixth Annual Paint Out - "Quick Draw" Honorable Mention 

 Juried into the "Summer Arts at Dos Lagos" Show


Redlands Art Association "Working Properties" Show - First Place                               

CAA De "Colores" Show - Award of Merit in Theme                                                   

Juried into the "National Orange Show"                                                            

Juried into the Brandon Gallery Mini Show


CAA "Heart and Soul" Show - Jurors' Award of Distinction in Theme                          

PAAR Fourth Annual Paint Out Exhibit - Honorable Mention                                    

Juried into the Redlands Art Association "Multi-Media Mini Show"


Maloof Foundation Plein Air Exhibit & Juried Show - Honorable Mention