Susan Puelz “The real challenge of watercolor is to achieve visual strength with thin transparent layers which look opaque from twenty feet away. Watercolor can be as gutsy and as color-intensive as any oil painting.” –Susan Puelz Fascinated by the expanse of nature as well as its various colors and formations, Susan Puelz often spends time observing and photographing natural scenery. From earliest recollections, she has been enamored with the land and skies of Nebraska. However, her work cannot be construed as landscape art alone. She begins with a portrayal of nature and then moves into ambiguity and abstraction. Although Puelz incorporates pastels into her paintings, she describes her primary medium of watercolor as, “technically out of control because the paint goes where it wants to.” “My paintings are also about pushing the limits of watercolor and its interaction with the paper and with pastel. I have painted in most mediums and find watercolor the most difficult to master. In every painting there are new surprises. The subtle colors created by the multiple layers of paint, the bright stroke of pastel equally bright layers of watercolor, or the melting of a pastel line into a layered watercolor stroke are always changing the direction of the painting,” Puelz said. A prominent figure in a variety of corporate collections ranging from AT&T to Hallmark, Puelz has been a guest lecturer and artist at universities across the Midwest. Her paintings have received national acclaim at numerous exhibitions including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the International Art Competition in Los Angeles. At the Taos National Honors Exhibition of American Watercolor, she was given the Award of Merit-the highest honor awarded at the exhibition. As of 2015 she has been awarded the prestigious Alumni Achievement Award in Art.