Florida-based Sue Lynn (Cushenberry) Cotton grew up in East Texas on a small farm drawing
at a very young age. Her love of art followed her through life with thirty years
in commercial art as a creative designer for marketing and as an illustrator of
people, shoes and various products in Dallas.
Her move to Florida in 2002 allowed her to follow
her dream of being a full-time fine artist. There she began doing portraits
of island houses, businesses, pets and people. Living in a beach area she
paints lots of "beachy" scenes which are sold in local restaurants and
She is also well-known for her watercolor classes. Her popular classes are filled year round with
students who learn to mix their colors on the paper using a limited palette for
unified, interesting color throughout the painting. Students also learn how to
paint light, unify their paintings and achieve good contrast and design while
conveying a feeling in each piece.
The classes are fun, require little drawing and teach a real
understanding of color and technique. She demonstrates painting a different
subject in each class as students paint along with a lot of tips to make
Sue Lynn is also a book illustrator and book cover
designer. She has illustrated over 30 children's books. Most of these are
available through Peppertree Press in Sarasota, FL.
The Society of Decorative Painters Magazine published
how-to-paint articles by Sue Lynn in the Spring 08 and Spring 09 issues.
Recently her portrait of "Meow Meow" (a friend's
cat) was featured on the cover of a Danish magazine for the prevention of
cruelty to animals--Landsforeningen Forsogsdyrenes Vaern.
Her paintings were featured on the covers of both the Fall
2011 issues of Pen Women Magazine and Peppertree Press Magazine.
Her work can be seen in galleries in Texas, Florida and Maine
and is in collections around the world.