Company: Balas Art Studio
Location: Aurora, Colorado, United States
Susan Balas-Whitfield, Artist at Balas Art Studio, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in artistic expression.
Becoming an artist has always been a lifelong dream for Ms. Balas-Whitfield, and in 1976 she earned the opportunity to become a full time artist, showcasing her soft pastel artwork in exhibitions, galleries, and museums across the United States. Focusing primarily on the Colorado landscape, Native American history and culture, and Mayan civilizations, Ms. Balas-Whitfield utilizes the complexities of light and shadow to create realistic portraits of the culture and history of where she lives and works. Prior to delving into art, she was a teacher at WM R. Satz School in Holmdel, NJ, from 1976 to 1989.
Holding two Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and New York University since 1964, Ms. Balas-Whitfield has also served as a lecturer on metaphysical topics and the Mayan calendar and is the former president of the Ranch Property Owners Association in Durango, CO, from 2000 to 2003. She is a member of the highly acclaimed New York Salmagundi Club, as well as a signature member of the Pastel Society of Colorado. She additionally maintains affiliation with the Pastel Society of America and the Colorado Archaeological Society.
Attributing her success to ambition and relentless motivation, Ms. Balas-Whitfield is also the author of several books, including “Living in the Light” and “Into The Triangle, A Teacher’s Trot.” She has been exhibited in several shows, including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Durango Arts Center, the Termer Gallery, and Galeria Arriba of the Abiquiu Inn. Notably, she was commissioned to paint a 150 foot mural at Palace Amusements in New Jersey in 1976.
In recognition of her exceptional achievements and contributions to art, Ms. Balas-Whitfield has accrued several accolades throughout her career. Honored with the Award for Excellence from the American Artists Professional League in 2004, she was named Artist of the Year by the Durango Area Chamber of Commerce and Best of the West by Southwest Art Magazine in 2003. In addition, she was presented with the Merit Award in 2001 and a Juror’s Choice Award in 2003 by the Durango Arts Center, as well as the Best of Show Award by the Toh-atin Gallery at Durango Arts Center in 2001. Ms. Balas-Whitfield was a featured artist in Western Style Magazine in 2000 and Trotters and Pacers Magazine in 1976. She has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of America Women.
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