Sausalito - Artist Susan Sternau

Susan Sternau Sausalito San Francisco Bay Area Northern California Artist -

Landscape Humorous Fantasy Art


Susan Sternau paints and teaches art at her Sausalito studio. Susan is also the author of four books on art and architecture: Matisse, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Museums. Susan’s students have ranged in age from eight to eighty.

Her most famous students were Warren Buffett and Bill Gates who took a lesson with her as part of Buffett’s 75th birthday celebration. Buffett subsequently told her that “she could tell everyone she taught him everything he knows about painting, but that might not be good for her business.” He was one of her more interpretive students, and still displays his Angel Island painting proudly in his office in Omaha.

Susan specializes in landscape painting and is fluent in oils, watercolors, and acrylics. She developed a passion for painting early in life, and has been painting full-time since 1990. A Barnard graduate, Susan also holds a Masters in Art History from Hunter. Her painting has been influenced by Monet, Matisse and Theibaud, among others. She finds inspiration in their emotional use of color -- in their ability to evoke a sense of place and transport the viewer there.

Susan’s oil paintings combine brush-work and painting knife, which she uses to build up a textured surface. Her current nature series highlights butterflies, bees, birds and flowers. Susan has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Florida, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has done numerous commissions and her work is in many private collections. Susan Sternau’s shows and art donations have benefited a number of non-profit groups.


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