Westin Named Master Artist
Sue Westin of Dorset has become the first woman painter to receive the coveted Master Artist status from the international Society of Animal Artists (SAA). Westin’s oil painting ‘Spirit of Sonora’ captured her fifth Award of Excellence at the Society’s 55th annual exhibition, vaulting her into the top category of animal artists. The judges, well-known experts in the fields of art and natural history, singled out her painting for its beautiful and sensitive depiction of a cactus wren in a Sonora desert setting. To date, only 15 artists of the Society’s 500 members have achieved the status of Master. The 2015 ‘Art and the Animal’ exhibition is on view at The Robert Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, N.Y., and will continue on a year-long tour to museums across the US. Westin has had a personal affinity for animals and art since childhood. Her work can be seen at the Westin Pitcher Fine Art Gallery (formerly the Gallery on the Marsh) 2237 Route 30, Dorset, where she lives and paints with her husband, artist/naturalist, John Pitcher. For information, call 802-867-5565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.