Artist's Statement " Painting Exceptional Male  Athletes "


 The Olympics have been the only venue that unites the entire world in safe confrontation. Today professional sports are a significant part of our culture. They may even be a substitute for war, which so long dominated human affairs. Sports bring people together in competition that does not kill. These contemporary combats

and those portrayed by Greek art, Gerome, Manet, Eakins, Bellows and Luks lend themselves to my goal

of using art to remark publicly on the complexities of life and culture.


Rather than painting men as idols, or going to the other extreme of infantilizing or bashing them, I mean to portray male athletes not only as possessors of skill but as possessors of unique personalities

vulnerable to all of life's demands. A few are exceptional.


As a feminist I dislike the inequality between men and women. I recognize the biological and psychological differences, but wish to point out the similarities between men and women. In life and sports human beings hope for success, sometimes gain it, fail, pick themselves up, try again to be among the best

and often strive to be part of a team. Here the boundaries of gender fade.


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Collection National Art Museum of Sport Indiana
P. Martinez
National Portrait Gallery Collection Washington D.C
P. Martinez
La Fuerza y La Compasion Private Collection Florida
Umpire Is Always Right #2 B.S
Private Collection MA
Umpire is always right ii
Private Collection Ma
Study for manoguayabo
Artist's Collection
Manoguayabo y Boston
Private Collection R.I
Alive Still Life 3
Private Collection
On Deck
Private Collection MA
Night game
Private Collection
Mighty Mo
Private Collection
Miller-Havens_Susan_The Rookie
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"Susan Miller-Havens captures the heroic qualities in all her portraits and figure studies with a palette that includes the most subtle of color combinations.

Her paintings are as much about the magic of color

as the essence of heroism in her subjects."

Richard A. Johnson  Curator The Sports Museum of New England

A Rhubarb (Carlton Fisk)  

Oil on wood 10" x 17" Framed in burgandy-black maple

1990's Warrior
Oil/wax on Baltic birch
Private Collection Cambridge MA
Karen's View
Remembering Breugel
Private Collection Arlington MA
College Pride
Oil on canvas
Private collection Boston Rescue Mission Boston MA.
One With the Ball
Oil on Baltic birch. Collection University of MA Boston MA
Arrangement in purple-PJ Brown
Oil on Baltic birch Collection
Boston Garden -Oak
Oil on canvas Collection University of MA. Boston
Arrangement in Brown and Black
Oil on Baltic birch. Private collection Newton MA.
Arrangement In Org_Purpl
Not in My House
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"She is one of the very few artists that gets down into the soul of her subject and brings that aspect to life on canvas..........remarkably so"


Patrick J. Riley, President The Miami Heat

Art Collector,  Miller-Havens Patron


Blitzed 1
Collection of Roxbury Youthworks Dorchester MA
Blitzed II
Collection Roxbury Youthworks Dorchester MA.
Nighttime in the Arena
Oil on canvas Private Collection Miami Florida
Men of Steel
Study for athletes series 1992
Oil on canvas
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Miller-Havens Art Harvard Square  Cambridge, MA 02138 USA