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Susan Sponenberg Sporting Artist Biography

Born in northeast Pennsylvania , Susan Sponenberg has never made a secret out of her passion for horses. From an early age, whenever she could incorporate horses into school projects and personal activities, Susan did so with an enthusiasm that still guides her brush today.

Educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Susan has pursued her passion throughout her entire career. After earning her degree, she traveled to Porlock Vale Riding School in England , where she earned her Associate Instructor Riding Certificate and began her career as a portrait artist by painting several of the staff's horses.

Upon returning to the United States , Susan began teaching at Luzerne County Community College with other notable animal artists including George Luther Schelling and Robert Kray, where she currently holds office as head of the Art Department .

As a painter, she specializes in foxhunting, racing, and equine portraits and boasts quite a list of accomplishments. Few people realize that Susan was the youngest member to be accepted into the Society of Animal Artists in 1974. She has also been accepted into the American Academy of Equine Art where she has been an associate member for over ten years.

Susan's talents have caught the eye of many members of the equine sporthorse world - from mural work at Yonkers Raceway, to the Kentucky license plate, to cover art for The Chronicle of the Horse, The Equine Marketer, The Virginian, and Spur - Susan's images can be found in a variety of venues. She has also completed commissioned work for The United States Pony Club, Chapman Farms - owner of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner, Smarty Jones, and the Radnor Three-Day International Event.

Although many of Susan's images have been made available for print, the majority of her most recent work has focused primarily on canine and equine portraits. Several of her devoted clients boast multiple original oil portraits of their own dogs and horses. Although busied with teaching, and being a full-time artist, Susan still finds time to care for her horse, Gjonah, who provides her with a daily reminder of the passion and enthusiasm she still holds for the noble horse who has become the focus and subject of her life's work.

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