Susan Gore Gardner Visual Art

Welcome to the new website for creative musings, original artwork, and current art exhibitions. Thanks for stopping by!

“Cumberland Island Stallion”


When you’ve walked an usual path like the one that led me to be an artist, you don’t always realize how most people have no idea how the road opened up to you. And everybody has a different idea of what ‘being an artist’ is. As an artist, I seek to capture on paper those things that are visible for a fleeting moment and share them with you. My art will make you smile, and make you remember or consider for the first time something that will be a blessing to you.

What a joy that galleries, art centers and other venues for showing artwork are opening up again after the national health scare. This web page and Facebook are where I will post upcoming shows where you can see my artwork in person. If you see something on this web site that interests you, contact me at I will be happy to discuss it with you.

“Central Park NYC”

The Art

A lifelong love of drawing led to a profession, and as college came to a conclusion I was creating bird & wildlife drawings using colored pencils and participating in art shows & gallery exhibitions. In 1989 an encounter with soft pastel sticks opened the door to new subjects: creating landscapes, still lifes and portraits. Today my studio hours are often spent creating portraits of musicians, based on concert photos I take myself.

In recent weeks, inspiration has hit to create new subjects: interiors. I didn’t expect my first visit to The Station Inn in December to result in an interior sketch, but it did – and the sketch will be exhibited for the first time at The Rockmart Cultural Art Center in Rockmart, GA beginning Jan. 13.


Current Exhibits

Downtown Gallery in Cartersville, Georgia will soon feature a brand new musician portrait of Laur Joamet, of Drivin N Cryin and Lore. I saw him in concert in Rome, GA awhile back and just had to capture his energy on paper! The show opens on January 22 with a reception from 4:30-6 pm. Downtown Gallery located at 3 North Wall Street, Cartersville, GA 30120 770-387-4330 Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Rockmart Cultural Arts Center had a Juried Art Competition each year, and I’m so honored to have 3 pastel paintings in the show this year! “John Cooper of Skillet”, “Radney Foster”, and “Station Inn Interior” will be there beginning Jan. 13 through March 10. (This art center in Rockmart, Georgia is the only location where I sell reproductions of my original artwork. Check out the new inventory there soon!) Rockmart Cultural Arts Center 316 N. Piedmont Ave. Bldg. 300 Rockmart, GA 30153 770-684-2707 Hours: Tues. 1-7 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This series of musician portraits is a dynamic collection of pastel drawings based on concert photographs I or friends have taken. Be they local musicians or world-renown, I relish finding just the right photo that captures them “in the flow”, then putting on paper what I see & hear. Here are: Brian Cameron, Bob Reid, the late Curt Poole, Kenny Vaughan and Tom Leadon. (Only the portrait of Tom Leadon is still available.)

Also shown are landscapes including: Central Park NYC, Cartecay River, and The Road Less Traveled. (The Road Less Traveled has been sold.)

All artwork copyrighted by Susan Gore Gardner. Do not make me get my flying monkeys. Copyright 2022

Here are Chris Keyes, David Steen, Larry McCray, Bruce Jeansonne, Joe Walsh, Mark Winchester, Ron Blair, and from Riders in the Sky “Too Slim” and “Ranger Doug.” (Chris Keyes, David Steen, Joe Walsh, Larry McCray and Mark Winchester’s portraits have been sold.)