The life and places Suzanne Baker paints are the life and places she has lived since early childhood, when her family located in thee Sierra community of Three Rivers, California just outside Sequoia National Park.
The cattle ranchers, horse packers, mountaineers and artists that composed the scant population of steep, high foothill country, were a fascination to her. The stories from the packers and mountaineers of such places as Black Rock Pass, Tyndall Creek, Forester Pass and scores of other places plus their tales of adventures created a life long pursuit of this Sierra Back country. Suzanne’s artist Mother encouraged her children to draw and paint and this popular fami!y activity , which often included other artists of their community as well.
Because Suzanne spent many years on horse back riding the high steep mountains surrounding her home and as a teenager , worked as a packer and guide in the Park- it was natural for her to study Animal Science a Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. There she met her husband Gordon. The Baker family has always lived in the ranch country of Nevada and California- where they raised their three children Brett, Hoss, and Jenny. Suzanne's art training has come from numerous college art courses and years of independent study.
SHOWS HONORS AND AWARDS
1987-1993 Top 100-200 in the "Arts for the Parks"competition
1988 Feature Article, Southwest Art Magazine, November
1988 Artist in Residence, Yosemite National Park
1989 Tiiree S. Baker paintings accompanied President George Bush to China for the Western Style Barbecue 1992 Western Rendezvous Art Show. Helena, Montana
1993 American Women Artist “Cowboys and the West Show” Tucson Museum of Art
1994 Artist in Residence, Rockv Mountain National Park
1995 Artist Member, California Art Club
1997 Inclusion in an Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West 1997 Included h1 the book "Art oftbe American West 1999"
2001 Art Talk, June / July “Pictures of Success"
2001 September Article in "Western Horseman" Magazine
2003 Feature Article “South West Art" Magazine, March
2003 Article-"Kccping it Real"-"Cowboys and Indians" Magazine. October
2003 Frequent Cover Painting-"Rocky Mt. Rider Magazine”
2005 Inclusion- Book “Western Traditions”
2009 & 2010 Show. Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, Texas
2014 Panelist, Retrospective Show - Booth Museum, Cartersville Georgia