Susan Miller-Havens is known for her ability to convey psychological depth by inviting viewer and subject into a space of visual correspondence. When she paints sports she captures moments in time either before or after an athlete has engaged in play. Her signature grey backgrounds, cropping and unexpected use of color bring the viewer into an intimate relationship with the image.
Like Germain G. Glidden, NAMOS founder, Miller-Havens is appreciative of the union of art and sport by the ancient Greeks, George Bellows, Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. Her specific intent is to comment on the subtleties of human character, relationships and looking at men neither as objects nor as idols.
This year she gave in memory of Germain Glidden, “Young Man from Charlestown NH”, Hall of Fame Catcher Carlton Fisk, the 10th painting in the Fisk series. The painting was shown at the NAMOS 2013 Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport Exhibition. Upon learning of the donation, Carlton Fisk said “Susan’s work is truly amazing. I am honored once again, that one of the portraits she painted of me has been selected for installation in the National Art Museum of Sport.”
For over two decades Miller-Havens has been widely collected publicly and privately. Her portraits of Hall of Fame Carlton Fisk and Cy Young Winner Pedro Martinez are in the Permanent Collection of the National Portrait Gallery The Smithsonian, Washington D.C. In 2012 she and Martinez teamed up to talk about sport as art. Their audience was the first group of school children from the Dominican to visit the NPG. She has received two National Association of Women Artist’s Palmer Awards.
Miller-Havens holds a degree with Honors in Studio Art from Wellesley College and a Doctorate in Human Development from The Harvard School of Education. She is a member of The Arts in Education Advisory Council Harvard University that supports and champions all arts in education.
To see more of her work go to: www.millerhavens.com; Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=37194486 ; Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smillerhavensart and Twitter https://twitter.com/MillerHavens.