“I am so honoured and grateful to receive the Jane LeBlanc Visual Art Award. When I received the news that the jury selected me, I was humbled and thrilled. I want to thank the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund for making this possible. I plan to use this generous and meaningful award to fund a mentorship with figurative artist Aleah Chapin.”
Susan Thompson is an emerging visual artist with a particular interest in figurative drawing and painting. Following retirement from a career as a radiologist, Susan was able to return to her first love of art once online opportunities for learning were created as a result of COVID-19. She become immersed in an intense study of painting and drawing through the New York Academy of Art and the Arts Students League, both based in New York City. She looks forward to a mentorship with the Seattle based figurative artist Aleah Chapin, the 2012 recipient of the BP portrait award of the National Portrait Gallery in London.