Art As Communicator

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.

 

 

In Private & Public Collections
Home On A Double Private Collection D.C.
Home On A Double Private Collection D.C.
"A Rhubarb" Private Collection Montana
"A Rhubarb" Private Collection Montana
Fisk
Fisk

Collection National Art Museum of Sport Indiana

P. Martinez
P. Martinez

National Portrait Gallery Collection Washington D.C

P. Martinez
P. Martinez

La Fuerza y La Compasion Private Collection Florida

Umpire Is Always Right #2 B.S
Umpire Is Always Right #2 B.S

Private Collection MA

Umpire is always right ii
Umpire is always right ii

Private Collection Ma

Study for manoguayabo
Study for manoguayabo

Artist's Collection

Manoguayabo y Boston
Manoguayabo y Boston

Private Collection R.I

Alive Still Life 3
Alive Still Life 3

Private Collection

On Deck
On Deck

Private Collection MA

Night game
Night game

Private Collection

A Rhubarb (Carlton Fisk)  

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

 

"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

1990's Warrior
1990's Warrior

Oil/wax on Baltic birch Private Collection Cambridge MA

Karen's View
Karen's View

Remembering Breugel Private Collection Arlington MA

College Pride
College Pride

Oil on canvas Private collection Boston Rescue Mission Boston MA.

One With the Ball
One With the Ball

Oil on Baltic birch. Collection University of MA Boston MA

Arrangement in purple-PJ Brown
Arrangement in purple-PJ Brown

Oil on Baltic birch Collection

Boston Garden -Oak
Boston Garden -Oak

Oil on canvas Collection University of MA. Boston

Arrangement in Brown and Black
Arrangement in Brown and Black

Oil on Baltic birch. Private collection Newton MA.

Out of Sight
Out of Sight

Oil on canvas Private collection Cambridge MA

College pride
College pride

"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
Blitzed 1

Collection of Roxbury Youthworks Dorchester MA

Blitzed II
Blitzed II

Collection Roxbury Youthworks Dorchester MA.

Nighttime in the Arena
Nighttime in the Arena

Oil on canvas Private Collection Miami Florida

Men of Steel
Men of Steel
Study for athletes series 1992
Study for athletes series 1992

Oil on canvas