Susan Reid Danton

The root of my effort is an honest and coherent expression of a personal ideal. I conceive with eyes closed and brush extended, with no concern other than the release of paint. The visual result are forms that grant me an audience, not the other way around.

I characterize my artwork as lyrical; my paintings tell stories. Many of them tell more than just one. My compositions feature representational figures and other images; highly modeled, abstracted or gestural to keep the story alive. My images are not bound to a particular subject or iconography. They are free to explore any number and variety of themes, from origination to well beyond execution. My role is to attend to these images.

I desire a meaningful endeavor, above all else. As such, my bold palette and my flexible technique both support and challenge my intentions. Working with several paintings at once, I freely share my colorful concoctions between them. Likewise, my varied use of paint will address the individual needs of different images. Then, I may find those very accommodations reveal unforeseen and surprising counter-intentions. It is just this flexibility that often creates a maze of sudden and astonishing interplay, through which I must resolutely journey or else forsake the entire story. Again, it is the same flexibility that culminates all my effort into completion and the meaning I so desire.Susan Reid Danton

Susan Reid Danton earned her undergraduate studio degree at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, under the tutelage of printmaker Arthur Thrall. She earned her graduate degree in art therapy at the Lesley University Expressive Therapies program in Cambridge, MA. Currently, Susan is owner and director of Miller White Fine Arts in South Dennis.

Since opening the gallery in 2011, Susan has consistently demonstrated a particular flair for organizing aesthetically intriguing exhibitions. The great-niece of the late Dorothy Canning Miller, first curator of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Susan believes this instinct is both hard-wired and personally compelling. “It was inevitable that, one day, the circumstances of my life would permit me to examine the indelible effect Dodi had on me,” she says. “Decades of observing such a resolutely aesthetic life left me so determined to do the same that the intention became my virtual destiny. I am just beginning to feel her joy which, in its fullest measure, must have been extraordinary.” SRD