Testimonials

The testimonials of Susan Fisher Sterling, Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and others for artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

Susan captures what is both sacred and divine in nature… in her work I find refuge and inspiration… But there is a story behind Natural Revelations… of Susan Swartz the activist, who after years of being sick decided it was no longer enough to paint for the glory of what God had created, but in defiance of what ‘no man shall’ — but has — ‘put asunder’.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. President, Waterkeeper Alliance and Time magazine's "Hero for the Planet"
Susan shares my concern for the future of life on this planet. Each of her paintings richly illustrates the beauty of our world-from snow-covered slopes to rustic vineyards and country gardens...And Susan encourages us not only to experience and savor these images of nature, but also to do what we can to save nature itself.
Dr. Jane Goodall UN Messenger of Peace, founder of Jane Goodall Institute
Pulsating with dazzling color, Susan Swartz’s abstract landscapes simultaneously articulate her awe of the natural world and her rallying cry for its preservation. A staunch environmentalist, philanthropist, and supporter of award-winning documentaries, Susan has turned to her art as a source of healing, resilience, and inspiration throughout her battle with environmentally-bred illnesses. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is delighted to showcase her work in a special exhibition this summer.
Dr. Susan Fisher Sterling Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Susan’s art is representative of a long-standing tradition in American Art, which is to depict the American Sublime. Indeed, the goal she shares with nineteenth-century artists Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Moran and the contemporary artist, Clyde Aspevig, is the desire to contemplate and to represent the divine beauty of the landscape as God’s gift to humanity-that we may treasure its absolute and incomparable beauty.
Charles Newhall Former Chairman of the Baltimore Museum of Art
Susan Swartz paints with light and teaches us to look for light. She helps us to see the beauty, the sacredness, the fragility, and the hope of renewal in the natural world and asks us in return to be in conversation with all that we hold to be true and dear. Stepping into her studio is like walking in a forest bathed in the warmth and comfort and colors of fall and the promise of spring.
Sebastiao Salgado Social Documentarian, Photographer, Economist, and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF
Essence is the word that comes to mind with Susan Swartz’s paintings. Nature is not replicated, but associated with color, light and form. The textures created from her palette knife and brushstrokes are energetic pulse points reminding us that life is a shimmering process, mysterious and unpredictable.
Terry Tempest Williams Author, Refuge, An Unspoken Hunger and Finding Beauty in a Broken World
Susan’s paintings will be among those of the great painters of the Wasatch, from [Albert] Bierstadt and [Thomas] Moran to peers working today… Our thesis is that the Wasatch painters form a similar cohesion around their subject as the Hudson River School.
Thomas F. Rugh Executive Director of the Museum of Utah Art & History
It is fortunate when an artist can connect the beauty that surrounds us with an environmental imperative and a spiritual influence. Susan Swartz is an artist who can provoke such passion.
Dr. Vern Swanson Director of the Springville Museum of Arts