Address: 55 Carmichael Road, Mount Vernon, AR 72111-5095
Mount Vernon artist, V. Suzann Waggoner, was born at the close of World War II. As America returned to a pre-war status, there were cultural and social changes that influenced every aspect of an emerging, new American lifestyle.
The excitement of these times was not lost on Ms. Waggoner. The cultural changes left an impact on her artistic development. There were new expressions of taste and styles in every level and decision made. From the old-world art masters, to the unfettered new world “masters”, art, itself, was undergoing changes that wee both frightening and exhilarating.
Now, art studies, in public schools, shouldered the responsibility of trying to teach old world painting studies with current-trending art forms. It opened doors, to art expression, that had both good and mixed results. It did accelerate Ms. Waggoner’s drawing and painting skills. Her work has continued to be influenced by both the old-world studies and the masters of the 20th century.
Ms. Waggoner has illustrated several history-based books with her pen and ink drawings. Her pen and ink drawings have been used in fund-raising projects, as stationery, and sold to support these projects. When the Cadron Post Block House burned, her artwork stationery raised the first $15,000, so that the block house could be rebuilt.
Her paintings have been well-accepted into local, state, regional and national art shows. She has won many awards with her detailed style of painting.
She is on the board of directors for Mid-Southern Watercolorists and is a signature member, diamond status, of this organization. She is a member of Conway League of Artists, and past president. Her artworks are represented in the archives, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. She was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in the Arts for the national society Daughters of the American Revolution. She is also represented by the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and has four paintings in its permanent collection through the competition Small Works on Paper.