Susan Neilson's blog

Friday, 5 May, 2023
The mission of the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is all about​“Conservation Through Art Education” — art related to the appreciation of our natural environment.  A Very Special PlaceI absolutely love it here! There is so much going on around every corner. There are 21 acres just within the museum grounds, with a network of walking paths, plus stunning views across to the Saguaro National Park. The Desert Museum is part zoo and aquarium, part animal rescue and conservation centre, part natural history museum, part...
Saturday, 18 March, 2023
I am getting ready to travel south from British Columbia to Tucson Arizona, for an art residency!For the month of May I will have opportunities to explore the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum with my sketchbook in hand, and I will be leading two workshops. These will be relaxing creative image development workshops, so we will have a lot of fun together!  Here are the workshop descriptions from the spring catalogue: 1. Art for Curious Optimists2. Follow the Wandering Line Both workshops are intended to support people in exploring mindful, reflective and playful processes to support...
Monday, 11 July, 2022
After a quiet winter, spring was suddenly very busy at my studio! I will post updates about some new art and new outdoor teaching later, but for now, here is a link to some information about the Kelowna Flower Power Tour. This was an amazing event, raising funds for a special Chefs in the Classroom program in Kelowna! My home, garden, and Forest House Studio were one of the nine featured in the Kelowna Flower Power tour on Saturday June 18th, with somewhere near 400 people visiting throughout the day.  There was...
Saturday, 12 June, 2021
Thank you to the AFC for the May 2021 conservation artist award feature! Article Link:    
Saturday, 1 May, 2021
Thank you to Sue Skinner from the local Castanet news network in Kelowna, British Columbia. On Tuesday April 27th, she posted a very kind article about a recent visit to my art studio. Link here to read more.
Thursday, 21 November, 2019
This week I was accepted as a signature member in the AFC. I am honoured! Thank you AFC! In time, I will add blog posts here. Until then, I do have some studio note posts on my Forest House Studio website at