The complexities of working in oil infinitely challenge and delight Sue Gilkey. Her work is observational, expressive, and intuitive. “The painting process for me, is a meditation on the aesthetics of the subject I’m observing. I am always interested in developing a painting that will connect to the viewer and possibly evoke a sense of shared experience.”


    Growing up in New Jersey, Gilkey studied with a well-known local artist. She completed her BFA in Painting at The University of New Hampshire, followed by post-graduate work at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has studied Tonalism  and pursues a traditional approach to painting, striving to combine the emotional power of tonalism with direct observation.

     Gilkey has exhibited in major shows, receiving awards at Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, American Artist Professional league, and The Guild of Boston Artists. She is represented by Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara,CA, Edward Montgomery Fine Art, Carmel-by-the-Sea,CA , Dean Day Gallery, Houston, TX, and Cleo,in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Gilkey is an artist member of The Salmagundi Club in NYC and The Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.

    Gilkey divides her time between her home on the Charles River in Massachusetts and her sea side cottage in Ireland.