Richmonder volunteers time at VCU’s burn center
Peaceful scenes of ever-changing landscapes, with an emphasis on variations of light, are hallmarks of Susan Ludwig-Peyron’s paintings that will be on display during July at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. These serene works of art belie the struggle she had just a few years ago when she almost lost her right hand in a horrific grease fire that could have killed her.
“I was admitted to the VCU Burn Center and they asked, ‘What do you do?’ I said, ‘I’m an artist!’”
What looked like a pretty hopeless situation turned bright as Ludwig-Peyron followed doctor’s orders and after painful skin grafts and months of physical therapy that included working on her art, she experienced a full recovery.
“The doctors said it was one of the best recoveries they had ever seen,” she said. “To show my appreciation, I donated a watercolor of the
James River to the Critical Care Hospital and now I volunteer to work with other burn survivors [at VCU’s Evans-Haynes Burn Center] and encourage them to get well.”
Visitors to her July art exhibition in RWC’s Gallery Hall will see familiar sites such as Locklies Creek and Reedsville “where the ships come in.” Ludwig-Peyron is drawn to coastal scenes, where water meets land. The exhibition will open with a reception and artist talk 5-7:30 p.m. on July 1. It’s open to the community.
An oil and acrylic painter originally, Ludwig-Peyron moved into watercolors and guache later in her career. As a result, her work is “painterly,” with the combination of the use of watercolor, guache, acrylics and graphite.
“I am a watercolor landscape artist, but I missed acrylics, so I use a gouache type of watercolor that is very thick – almost opaque. I missed that thicker look. You would swear my landscapes are acrylic paintings.”
Ludwig-Peyron has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Water Media and a minor in Education from The University of New Hampshire. She studied studio art, art history and language in Rome with Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She has exhibited in many galleries and shows in New England and Virginia, and many corporate and private collectors own her work.
Residents and community members are invited to view and purchase artwork from Ludwig-Peyron’s exhibition from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily throughout July in Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury’s Gallery Hall.