MY INSPIRATION…my home studio overlooks a small flowering garden with a goldfish pond and a small lake filled with a variety of water birds .

I love watercolor!  Watercolor has brought me many wonderful gifts.  The best one has been the opportunity to share it to others.

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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 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 galleries.

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 watercolor easier.

Sue Lynn is also a book illustrator and book cover designer. She has illustrated over 50 children’s books.  Most of these are available through Peppertree Press in Sarasota, FL.

Her paintings have been featured in painting magazines and on covers of others.

Her work is located in the gallery of the Art Guild on Anna Maria Island in Florida  and the Maine Store in Bar Harbor, Maine and is in collections around the world