Last Saturday August 31st, Susan was honored to unveil one of her latest paintings, Zion’s Glow (72x72” acrylic on linen) at the Zion National Park Centennial Celebration. Commissioned by Zions Bank, the painting was dedicated at the VIP Dinner for the Utah Symphony concert featuring Sting.
Susan took the stage to present the work and convey some personal thoughts with the crowd:
“It was truly an honor to be chosen as a Utah artist to create a work to commemorate Zion Park’s Centennial year. As an artist, I am inspired to paint what God has created. When I think of the incredible beauty from my many trips to Zion, I immediately conjure up images of its vibrant reds at sunset and sunrise. They are awe-inspiring and evidence of the true wonders of nature. It was in this vein that I wanted to capture the intensity of those reds in Zion’s Glow. It is my hope that Zion National Park and its Forever Foundation will enjoy it as much as I did creating it, as a tribute to such a special national treasure for which we are all here to celebrate."
Pictured (L-R) Photo 1: Jim and Susan Swartz, Congressman Ben McAdams, and Julie McAdams, and Byron Russell; Photo 2: Susan Swartz with Miles Hansen, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, and Siena Hansen; Photo 3: Jim and Susan Swartz with Pat Mitchell and Scott Seydel; Photo 4 & 5: Susan speaks during the dedication of Zion’s Glow.