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Meet Susan Wacker-Donle

Many people in the Killington Arts Guild are discovering Susan Wacker-Donle, a woman of many talents. She says about art, "I am constantly stopped by the beauty around me. The way the morning sun lights up the sky, the color of a Canadian Day Lilly alongside a dirt road, water falling thru ledges of rock. Photography gives me a way to capture these fleeting moments…to share with the viewer what I see at different points in time."

In her childhood, three people exposed her to the creative side of life: her grandfather, a talented painter and illustrator; her mother, Margaret Rose, a skilled crafts person with her own home business who created Susan's school dresses; and her father, an electronics engineer for Westinghouse, an electronics pioneer and a talented woodworker. She excelled in art in grade school, won ribbons in Girl Scout art competitions and was displayed and published in the student art publications in High School. A career in art was always her focus.

Susan graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Fine Arts and a certificate in computer generated graphic design. She had a twenty-five year successful career as an Art Director in New York City and Boston developing product and package designs for prestigious Beauty and Grooming industry such as Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds Fragrance Packaging. She has twenty-three design patents and forty-eight design awards for packaging and promotional design. She has traveled in Europe, the Orient and elsewhere, records her trips with photos, keeps a journal and uses travel as a platform for her work.

Her love of skiing has also been a driving force for her art. She joined a ski house in Chittenden to improve her skiing. Killington was the best mountain in the east - this was the place. She met Ed Donle on a "blind ski date," moved to Vermont and married him in Pittsfield. Ed is a dentist, a skier and Susan's strong supporter. His craftsman skills enables him to cut beautiful, professional mats for her prints.

Now, she has her own Graphic Design Firm, SRWDesign and pursues Fine Art Photography creating Archival Digital Prints and Gicleés for Gallery sale.

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Cathy Quaglia of Aspen East Ski Shop introduced Susan to Alice Sciore, recommending her for the KAG Board.  She accepted Alice's nomination, joined KAG, was elected in 2011 and as KAG's Webmaster has an exciting new agenda!

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