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.
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.