About The Artist
The art side of my business is my passion—producing, exhibiting, and selling my artwork. I am what you call a true Fine Artist, which means I work in a variety of media. Currently I work in digital art, watercolor, photography, drawing, and painting but I am always open to new techniques to convey my thoughts and feelings.
I look for stability in an unstable society. Based on this concept I have created my figurative series: Persona. Persona is a personal reflection that focuses on the harmony of the body and the soul: the physical versus the spiritual, represented sometimes as one, sometimes as individuals. I try to blend the idealism of the human form in combination and contrast with the variety of people – people seen through the lens of reality varying in shape, size, and form. I like to use a lot of color, movement, and spontaneity in my compositions.
As for photography I am a shutterbug. I will shoot anything and everything to find a composition. I mostly concentrate my work on nature. The most wonderful thing about working with nature as your subject matter is that it is ever changing. Artist Robert Bateman states it best, “Everything in nature has its own personality.” You can never capture or see the same composition twice. There are always little nuances of change. When you take photographs or observe wildlife, they almost never stay in that “perfect” composition you envision. Therefore, you have to do a lot of improvisation and creativity to get the composition you desire.
Whether I am working in photography or on a two-dimensional plane I try to capture the essence of my subject by focusing on their lines, patterns, textures, forms, colors, and shapes. My hope is to find a unique perspective in all my work.
The design side of my company provides Marketing Materials as Fine Art through graphic design, website design, and social media strategy. Whether you need marketing materials for print, email campaign, social media posts, or a website, I do it all. I find the field very gratifying and challenging to create new compositions every day for my clients.
As for exhibiting my art, I love to share it with the community, and I am always looking for opportunities to hang, show and sell my work. Producing art is what makes me happy, so I try to focus as much time as I can on doing just that. In 2021 I also started participating in outdoor art festivals. I look forward to continuing to share my work with the public. I am excited and honored to have studio #32 at Art Works Downtown, so please stop in whenever I am there.
OPEN STUDIOS | FESTIVALS
- Marin Open Studios, San Rafael, CA April-May 2022
- Novato Festival of Art, Wine, & Music, Novato, CA, August 21 & 22, 2021
- Novato Art Stroll 2021, Novato, CA, June 26 & 27, 2021
- San Rafael Arts & Crafts Festival, San Rafael, CA, November 29, 2020
- Summer Sidewalk Sale, San Rafael, CA, August 18, 2018
- Marin Open Studios, San Rafael, CA May 2012
- Marin Art Council Open Studios, San Rafael, CA May 2011
- Marin Arts Council Open Studios, San Rafael, CA May 1 & 2,8 & 9, 2010
- Marin Art Council Open Studios, San Rafael, CA May 9-10, 2009.
- San Rafael Food & Wine Festival, Art Booth #53, San Rafael, CA August 16, 2008.
- Art Works Downtown Member, Studio #32, since 2020-Present
- Marin Professional Women Network Member, Graphic Design, Website Design, Social Media Marketing since 2012–Present
- Art Store Fronts Member, 2020-Present
- Art Works Downtown Member, Studio #18, since 2012–2020.
- Art Works Downtown Member, Studio #24, since 2008-2012.
- Marin Professional Women Network Member, Website Designer, 2008-2012
Oil Paint, Watercolor, Drawing, Digital Art, Photography
Art Works Downtown
Enter AWD on Fourth Street through AWD Gallery 1337. Enter the artist studio hallway in the back of Gallery 1337. Walk straight to the back of the hallway and I am the second to the last studio on the right. Studio #32.
Exhibitions & Press
ART on Exhibit
Pansies 1 | Nature’s Persona was accepted into the juried group exhibition.
April 1–May 21, 2022: exhibition dates
Thursday–Saturday, 1–8pm: public hours
Friday April 8, 5–8pm: opening reception and Art Walk
Friday May 13, 5–8pm: reception and Art Walk
Art Works Downtown, Gallery 1337, 1337 4th St., San Rafael, CA 94901
Marin Open Studios 2022 Gallery
Wholeheartedness, digital art
April 19–May 11, 2022: exhibition dates
Tuesdays–Sundays, 11am–6pm: public hours
Saturday, April 23, 5–7:30pm: artist reception
Corte Madera Town Center, MOS Gallery #325, Corte Madera, CA
UPCOMING ART FESTIVALS | OPEN STUDIOS | ART WALKS
2nd Friday Art Walk
Art Works Downtown, 1337 4th St., Studio #32, San Rafael, CA 94901
2nd Fridays 5-8pm: 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9
View Susan’s AWD Profile
Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music 2022
Downtown Novato, Grant Avenue between Redwood & Seventh Street
June 18, 11am-7pm and June 19, 11am–6pm
Lafayette of Art & Wine Festival 2022
Oak Hill Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549
September 17, 10am-7pm and June 18, 10am–6pm
Highlights Below: View complete resume at
– AWD Member’s Exhibition 2021, Group Exhibition
Art Works Downtown, Underground Gallery, San Rafael, CA, 2021-2022
– The Essential Figure, Group Exhibition
The Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore, CA, 2021
– A Grapevine’s Persona, Solo Exhibition
Art Works Downtown, Artist Wall, San Rafael, CA, 2017
– Bacchus and Venus, Group Exhibition
Wine Tasting and Art Gallery, Sausalito, CA, 2016
– Form Revealed: Barbara Andino-Stevenson, Nini Lion, & Susan Searway-Fertig
Dominican University of California, Science Building, San Rafael, CA, 2014-2015
– Persona: A Figurative Study, Solo Exhibition
A Woman’s Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009
– Persona: A Digital Series, Solo Exhibition
City Café, San Rafael, CA 2008
– Persona: Soul, Enthusiasm, & Oneness, Solo Exhibition
Sonoma Academy of Dance & Arts, Sonoma, CA, 2008-2013
– Affinity: Art & Science II Group Exhibition
Dominican University of California, Science Building, San Rafael, CA, 2008
– Persona: Individual Unity, Solo Exhibition
Dominican University of California, Human Resources in Bertrand Hall, San Rafael, CA, 2008
– Affinity: Art & Science | Grand Opening for Science Building, Group Exhibition
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA, 2007-2008
– Persona: A Digital Art Series, Solo Exhibition
Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA 2005
- – Dominican University of California Alumni Profiles: Susan Searway-Fertig, June 2016, Article in Alumni Newsletter and Website:https://tinyurl.com/susansearwayartdesign
- – Susan Searway article, Artist Culture, Digital Publication, Pages 64–67, August 2013
- – Persona – Profile Green Figure Study (Watercolor) Featured in The Pacific Sun, November 21-27, 2008 edition for Small Works Exhibit, pages 44.
- – Illusions of Reality (ISBN: 0-7951-5302-3) Printed by The International Library of Photography, 2007, pages 185 & 226 (Featuring Photograph Presence).
- – National Conference on Undergraduate Research. San Rafael, CA: Dominican University of California, 2006 (Cover Images, Quote, & Abstract).
- – NCUR 2004 18th National Conference on Undergraduate Research Abstract Book, Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2004, page 146.
- – Text Transformation: A Look at Illuminated Manuscript. San Rafael, CA; Dominican University of California, 2004.
- – Persona. San Rafael, CA; Dominican University of California, 2004.
- – Images of Africa. San Rafael, CA; Dominican University of California, 2002.
- – Second Place Computer Generated Art for Individuality (Digital Art) Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA 2006.
- – 2006 Editor’s Choice Award for Presence (Photography)
The International Library of Photography (www.picture.com), 2006.
Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasis in Digital Art, 2004
Dominican University of California
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, 2004
Dominican University of California