Wed, Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM
Many people in the Killington Arts Guild are discovering Susan
Wacker-Donle, a woman of many talents. She says about art, "I am
constantly stopped by the beauty around me. The way the morning sun
lights up the sky, the color of a Canadian Day Lilly alongside a
dirt road, water falling thru ledges of rock. Photography gives me
a way to capture these fleeting moments…to share with the viewer
what I see at different points in time."
In her childhood, three people exposed her to the creative side of
life: her grandfather, a talented painter and illustrator; her
mother, Margaret Rose, a skilled crafts person with her own home
business who created Susan's school dresses; and her father, an
electronics engineer for Westinghouse, an electronics pioneer and a
talented woodworker. She excelled in art in grade school, won
ribbons in Girl Scout art competitions and was displayed and
published in the student art publications in High School. A career
in art was always her focus.
Susan graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Fine Arts and a
certificate in computer generated graphic design. She had a
twenty-five year successful career as an Art Director in New York
City and Boston developing product and package designs for
prestigious Beauty and Grooming industry such as Elizabeth Taylor's
White Diamonds Fragrance Packaging. She has twenty-three design
patents and forty-eight design awards for packaging and promotional
design. She has traveled in Europe, the Orient and elsewhere,
records her trips with photos, keeps a journal and uses travel as a
platform for her work.
Her love of skiing has also been a driving force for her art. She
joined a ski house in Chittenden to improve her skiing. Killington
was the best mountain in the east - this was the place. She met Ed
Donle on a "blind ski date," moved to Vermont and married him in
Pittsfield. Ed is a dentist, a skier and Susan's strong supporter.
His craftsman skills enables him to cut beautiful, professional
mats for her prints.
Now, she has her own Graphic Design Firm, SRWDesign and pursues
Fine Art Photography creating Archival Digital Prints and Gicleés
for Gallery sale.
Cathy Quaglia of Aspen East Ski Shop introduced Susan to Alice
Sciore, recommending her for the KAG Board. She accepted
Alice's nomination, joined KAG, was elected in 2011 and as KAG's
Webmaster has an exciting new agenda!
Photography Highlights: www.susanrwackerphotography.com
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