Canadian Artist

at Forest House Studio

in British Columbia



Susan Burnham Neilson paints strong, elegant compositions with oils and alkyds or acrylics on canvas or linen.

Neilson also does mixed-media work, printmaking, life drawings, sculptural work and illustrations.

Her designs are personal, reflective and intuitive. They begin with observational studies and concept sketches, then develop through creative processes, responding to materials as she works.

Inspirations come from from noticing connections: seeing patterns, beauty and power in wild surroundings and in human interactions with nature.


Forest House Studio was built in 2014. It backs onto the unique protected Central Okanagan Regional District parkland of Woodhaven Nature Conservancy, in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

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Neilson originally studied Fine Arts at McMaster University, and then secondary school education with specializations in art and industrial arts at the University of Toronto. She continued in lithography at McMaster as well as with further professional training as an art education specialist at the University of Toronto. Elementary education, English literature, library and technology studies were completed at York University, the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.

Education in the arts continues as a lifelong process.


Susan Neilson has experience in arts education for students of all ages and at all levels.  In the summer of 2016, Neilson retired from her position at Okanagan Mission Secondary School as Art Teacher. Then she filled in for a semester at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia,  teaching two sections of the Visual Arts Education methods course for the Faculty of Education.

Now, Susan Neilson is working as a self-employed artist. She also teaches semi-private lessons in Forest House Studio, and occasional workshops in the community.

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