Susanne Yardley Mason
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Susanne found her love of art, in part, through her grandfathers. John Mason, her paternal grandfather, was a fine arts painter and a designer in silver for Tiffany & Co. (he was also an inventor!). Her maternal grandfather, Edmund R. Willets, was a Quaker and the founder of the famous Willets Belleek Co. in Trenton, New Jersey (during the late 1800s and early 1900s) noted for the beautiful transparent china it produced. Susanne was schooled at Friends Seminary in Manhattan N.Y. and at The George School, a boarding school in Pennsylvania. Both are Quaker schools and had ("thankfully," she says) outstanding art departments!
She furthered her art education (1946 - 47) at the Art Students League in Manhattan, N.Y. – New York being one of the greatest art centers in the world ("The League, in fact, surprised me by buying one of my drawings" - she tells us) Then, in 1948, she started studying with the American Impressionist, William von Schlegell, who had studios in Mamaroneck, N.Y. and in Ogunquit, Maine.
Villa Carousella at Belmont Estate
By Susanne Yardley Mason
Later as her career began to take on importance (after a 20 year marriage and raising 4 children) in the late 60s, all through the 70's and 80s- many of her paintings were shown and sold in galleries and museums throughout the eastern part of the United States right up to - and including - the early 90s - until 1993 when Susanne and her second husband, Ed Morgan (a writer and builder of houses) moved to the British Virgin Islands (Tortola) for its sailing and warmer climate, where they designed and built Villa Carousella and live today.
The villa overlooks a gorgeous panoramic view of ocean, palms, the island of Jost Van Dyke on over to Cane Garden Bay and two of Tortola's most beautiful beaches: Smugglers Cove and Long Bay - "a dreamscape" if there ever was one. Downsizing her art from the large abstract oil and acrylic paintings she became known for, she began to work with fabric and paper collage, reverse painting on glass and more recently - as far back as 2003 – computer electronic drawing/paintings.
Black Sea Pink Moon
Palm with Banana Tree
By Susanne Yardley Mason
It's all very unique work and quite different from the usual "artwork" seen and sold in the BVI. Her "electronic" images of sky, water, sailboats, and tropical gardens - as well as the abstract paintings she still does - open up an entirely new market for art lovers. We in the British Virgin Islands are fortunate indeed to have Susanne Yardley Mason living here and sharing her life's work with all visiting her website: www.bviescape.com - not to be confused with our Escape-BVI.com!
To see more of Susanne Yardley Mason's work
visit her website at http://www.bviescape.com