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Artist Bio


Susan Sinclair Galego comes from a family of artists spanning several generations. She grew up in Washington DC and later attended Carnegie Mellon University where she began a Fine Arts program. This became a BFA in Drama upon graduation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “Sinclair“ is her former stage name.


She returned to Washington DC to raise her family and some years later has come full circle, returning to her love of painting the figure, the still life and the landscape. Her paintings have found homes in the United States,   Puerto Rico and internationally.

In December 2023, Susan was the proud recipient of awards for Best in Show for "Living Room" at the Juried Yellow Barn Members Show and 1st Prize in Oils and Acrylics for "After the Affair", at the Juried Members Winter Show, Rockville Art League.

In 2020-2023, her work  received recognition from the Rockville Art League, the Womens Club of Chevy Chase, Montgomery Art Association and FOYBS Paint Out. "Giddy Up" was featured at Glen Echo Park’s 100th Anniversary of the Carousel, 2021.


Susan also curates the work of others and most recently, May 2023 exhibited the work of  Alvin M. Cohen, Mid Century Artist (student of Fernand Leger and Herman Maril).


Her first solo show Vignettes was held at the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery in May 2019. Susan is a long time student of Walt Bartman at the Yellow Barn Studio and paints plein air with the Middletown Painters. 

Susan is on the Board of the” Friends”, the non-profit partner to the Yellow Barn Studio which supports the growth of emerging artists, sponsors three member shows, a high school exhibition and a paint out annually.  


In addition, she participates in seasonal and juried shows with the Rockville Art League, and Montgomery Art Association. She shows with a group of eleven artists known as the ”Fairweather Artists” at Glenview Mansion, courtesy of the Rockville Art League. Exhibits 2021, 2023.


Her work is for sale and she takes commissions upon request. She can be reached at


Artist‘s Statement


My work is created with responsiveness and intuition to the study.  The painting is most often a life study, whether it be a figure, a landscape or a still life. I try to capture how I respond to the subject and how I am influenced by the sensory experience of being in a particular environment as well as its affect on each subject. The interior work often reflects a domestic and comfortable scene and a sense of the voyeur, looking into something personal.


Painting connects me to myself and there is often a psychological or spiritual under current in the work as well as a sense of humor. My paintings have been described as calligraphic, lyrical and expressionistic. I am influenced by Matisse, Cezanne and Gauguin among others.

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