Suzanne Howes-Stevens was the direct descendant of a Provincetown Whaling Captain inspired by nautical charts and wetlands. She was an eco-artist who called upon people to be good stewards of the environment. "One can't hold on to water, it has no boundaries, it can't be contained," she said.
Her paintings are subtle, filled with natural light and the atmosphere of the season during which she was working.
Born in Barnstable Massachusetts, she attended Mass College of Art and Hartford Art School. Throughout her career, she was awarded many grants among them the George and Helen Segal Foundation Grant. She exhibited at galleries throughout the country from New England to California. Suzanne was professor of art at Manchester Community College for 25 years, where she strongly advocated for women's rights.
“By navigating my way through wetlands via canoe and my paintings, I attempt to find a visual logic between cartography and imaging. I use topographical maps and nautical charts as a base for my work. I allow the paintings to compose themselves within the context of the maps of those specific sites in ways that help me to interpret how land, sky, water, and light interact. The shifting elements of nature can be explored in what I call marginalia, places where land and water meet or overlap. The fragmented and disintegrating land masses at water's edge act as a metaphor, reflecting back to us the fragile nature of these allusive and transitory places, asking us to be secular pilgrims and stewards of our surroundings.” -SHS
Howes-Steven died in 2017 at age 73.