Susan Sponenberg

Susan Sponenberg
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After graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art, Susan traveled to Porlock Vale Riding School in Somerset, England to pursue an Associate Instructor Certificate in Riding from the British Horse Society. While there, she also painted portraits of the Riding Master and several of the Porlock Vale staff.

Horses were not new to her as they had been a part of her life since early childhood. Susan said, “I have been painting and drawing horses for as long as I can remember. From elementary school through college, I was constantly in trouble for drawing horses in class. Even in my formal art education, I managed to make horses the theme of any project.”

Upon returning home from England, Susan began teaching at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania. During this time she also took graduate courses at Westminster College in Maryland.

Although her main interest is equine art, she has painted a variety of wildlife scenes such as foxes, dear, wolves, and elk. In 1974, Susan had the distinction of being the youngest member ever accepted into The Society of Animal Artists.

Susan has painted numerous famous racehorses including: Rufian, Christopher R., and Slapstick to name a few. The largest commission Susan has painted is the massive project for Yonkers Raceway’s Empire City Terrace. This consists of eight murals, 6’ x 26’, and took four years to complete.

Susan’s love of horses has led her into the world of fox hunting and riding to the hounds. This has brought a unique insight into the marvelous hunt scenes we enjoy today.