Suzanne Siminger

I remember as a child going to my grandparent’s home every weekend in the San Fernando Valley and sitting in the back seat of
my parent’s car glimpsing bits of vistas as they flashed past the car window. There was something very exciting and beautiful
about the light and shadow on the side of a hill, or the yummy yellow color of yucca flowers, or tiny lights dancing off cars
in the rain. I wanted to freeze those images in time so they would last forever and I could drink in their beauty for as long as I liked.
I wanted to paint it all so I could capture and enjoy those magical bits of scenery forever. As an adult, I don’t think anything has

My work, Contemporary Realist Landscape, is rooted in the Hudson River School with their luminosity and clarity,
yet the qualities of abstract painting, such as composition, form and texture are never far from my thoughts. Among contemporary
painters, portraying the West is a continuation of the early pioneering spirit of America and has brought a renewed respect for
landscape painting. Three painters I feel an affinity for in my own work are Peter Holbrook (1940-present), Woody Gwyn
(1944-present) and Ray Strong (1905-present).

West Marin County has been the focus of my most recent work. Inspiration comes
from natural forms in the landscape. Every time I am out on a ranch or hiking along a sea cliff I am moved and electrified by the
rich textures I see. My work has moved toward finer and finer detail as a result. I want to make my paintings convincing - more
real than real - yet retain my own particular vision.

My work reflects my spirituality and philosophy. I want to communicate the beauty of the Earth, to soothe the jangled nerves
modern life brings, and restore us to feel “at one” with nature. I feel blessed to have been given artistic talent and I hope in return
to leave something worthwhile and beautiful to the world.

Drake's Beach
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16 inches
Near Chimney Rock
Oil on Canvas

12 x 16 inches
Evening Shadows
Oil on Canvas
18 x 36 inches
Marin Headlands
Oil on Canvas
24 x 48 inches
Summer Evening
Oil on Canvas
18 x 36 inches
Rock Cliff, Mendocino
Oil on Canvas
12 x 26 inches

Art has always been the spirit of Suzanne Siminger’s life. Even as a small child she knew she was an artist. Born in 1943 in Dallas,
Texas, she was raised in Santa Monica, California. Her passion for painting led to several awards in high school, a summer
art scholarship to U.C.L.A. and was awarded a Guest Editorship with Mademoiselle magazine in New York. She attended
Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Upon graduating in 1965, Suzanne
joined the Peace Corps and spent her tour in Brazil as a Volunteer. Later, she spent six months painting in Spain.

Returning to the United States, she worked in television including seventeen years at ABC Television (KGO-TV) in San Francisco.
Becoming a well known courtroom artist and newsgraphics person, she won several awards including an Emmy Award.

Painting continued to beckon her and in 1983 Siminger took a three month sabbatical as an Artist-in-Residence at Altos de
Chavon (Gulf+Western) in the Dominican Republic.

At age forty she went back to school and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1987 from the San Francisco Art Institute.

In 1990 she married fellow artist James Brumback, also a landscape painter. In 2004 they completed remodeling their Mill Valley home to include studios for each of them. Since then Siminger has devoted full time to her painting.

She is active in the annual Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) Ranches & Rolling Hills show, has participated in the Bolinas
Museum Auction for many years, and has exhibited in several galleries, most recently the Claudia Chapline Gallery in
Stinson Beach, California.


Claudia Chapline Gallery, Contemporary Realist Landscapes, Stinson Beach, CA
160 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA
Marin County Open Studios, Sausalito, CA
Berlex, Richmond, CA
Community Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA
Marin Theatre Company, Adoption: Paintings & Drawings, Mill Valley, CA
Equitable Building Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Olympics, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Mexico City, Mexico
Galleria 154, One Woman Show, Olinda, Brazil


MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Ranches and Rolling Hills, Nicasio, CA
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Ocean Works, Stinson Beach, CA
MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Ranches and Rolling Hills, Nicasio, CA
Bay Model, Married to Art, Sausalito, CA
MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Ranches and Rolling Hills, Nicasio, CA
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
Le Celle Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
Highlight Gallery, Mendocino, CA
MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Ranches and Rolling Hills, Nicasio, CA
Escalle, (Buckelew Foundation), Marin/Scapes, Larkspur, CA
Santa Cruz Art League, The American Landscape, Santa Cruz, CA
MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Ranches and Rolling Hills, Nicasio, CA
Highlight Gallery, Mendocino, CA
Escalle,(Buckelew Foundation), Marin/Scapes, Larkspur, CA
Ann Switzer Gallery, Tiburon, CA
Mill Valley Community Center, Landscapes, Mill Valley, CA
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Landscape Painting, Stinson Beach, CA
Marin Civic Center, Drawing, San Rafael, CA
Bolinas Museum, On Canvas, Bolinas, CA
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Earth, Sea and Air; and Olema Valley Ranches Today,
Stinson Beach, CA
Marin Community Foundation, Conversations with the Landscape, Larkspur, CA
Lark Creek Inn, Larkspur, CA
Artisans, Marin Landscapes, Mill Valley, CA
Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, California Small Works, Santa Rosa, CA
Triton Museum of Art, Biennial Pastel Exhibition, Santa Clara, CA
Bradford Smock Gallery, Treasures, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Healing Art, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Bradford Gallery, The Land Under a Foot, San Anselmo, CA
Triton Museum of Art, Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Santa Clara, CA
Bay Model Gallery, Women’s Perspective, Sausalito, CA
Triton Museum of Art, Biennial Print & Draw Exhibition, Santa Clara, CA
WestAmerica Bank, Landscapes of West America, San Rafael, CA
Canessa Gallery, Plein Air Oil Painting, San Francisco, CA
Marin County Civic Center, Marin Watercolor 94, San Rafael, CA
S.F. Federal Savings, Marin Watercolor, Greenbrae, CA
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Black and White, Stinson Beach, CA
Hamm’s Building Gallery, Right to the Point, San Francisco, CA
Emanuel Walter & Atholl McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, Overview: Alumni Annual
San Francisco, CA
Euphrat Gallery, Faces, Cupertino, CA
Altos de Chavon Gallery, Exposicion RD/USA, Dominican Republic
Bolling Air Force Base, Air Force Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
Crown Zellerbach Gallery, Showing Our Works, San Francisco, CA
Bolling Air Force Base, Air Force Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
Brustlin Gallery, The West, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Institute, Rushmore: Surveying the American Icon, San Francisco, CA
Palace of Legion of Honor, The Rainbow Show, San Francisco, CA

Honorable Mention (2), Marin County Watercolor Society, Civic Center
Artist-in-Residence, Gulf+Western Corporation, Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic
Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement in News Graphics, San Francisco, CA
Award of Excellence, Broadcast Designer’s Association, San Francisco, CA
First Prize, Bullock’s, Los Angeles, CA
Guest Art Editor, Mademoiselle Magazine, New York, NY
Summer Art Scholarship, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, CA
Scholastic Award for Achievement in Art, Santa Monica, CA

Gulf+Western Corporation
United States Air Force
United States Parks Department
various U.S. and international private collections

Gutenberg, Rhonda, “Sausalito Art Scene,” Marin Scope (Oct. 31, 2000).
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Tarshis, Jerome. “Chasing Rainbows,” San Francisco Magazine (May 1975)
Weeks, H.J. “The Rainbow Show, or-What is That Crock Full Of?”,ArtWeek (May 10, 1975), 3.

Women Artists Calendar & Datebook, Cedco Publishing, San Rafael, CA, 1999
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1985-1986
KGO TV (ABC Television), San Francisco, CA, 1973-1986
The Art School, San Francisco, CA, 1988
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA, 1987-1988
College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, 1974

Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1987
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 1965

Dallas, Texas; January 12, 1943