Florida-based Sue Lynn (Cushenberry) Cotton grew up in East Texas on a small farm, drawing at a very young age. Her love of art followed her through life with thirty years in commercial art as a creative designer for marketing and as an illustrator in Dallas.
Her move to Florida in 2002 allowed her to follow her dream of being a full-time fine artist. There she began doing portraits of island houses, businesses, pets, and people. Living in a beach area she paints lots of “beachy” scenes which are sold in local restaurants and galleries.
She is also well-known for her watercolor classes. Her popular classes are filled year-round with students who learn to mix their colors on the paper using a limited palette for unified, interesting color throughout the painting. Students also learn how to paint light, unify their paintings, and achieve good contrast and design while conveying a feeling in each piece.
The classes are fun, require little drawing and teach a real understanding of color and technique. She demonstrates painting a different subject in each class as students paint along with a lot of tips to make watercolor easier.