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To Honor, To Inspire, To Educate

WordpresspicThank you for stopping by my little nook of the virtual world! My name is Suzanne Lago Arthur and I am realist painter working out of the Northern Virginia area. I hold a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University. I have exhibited both nationally and internationally in such venues as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, EuroAmerica Galleries, SoHo, NYC, and The United States Special Interests Section, Havana, Cuba. My subject matter includes portraiture, still life, figurative and landscape paintings. I also teach classes for youths and adults right out of my studio. I am member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and am a copyist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

On this site you will find my professional portfolio along with updates of what’s currently on my easel. In addition, I also blog weekly about aspects of art making and creative work that I believe will inspire all like minded souls. Please check back often for new posts on “Mastering Work Flow”, “Technique Tuesday” and “Workshop Wednesday” among others in which I discuss the secrets of the trade.

I am available for commission work and will have artwork available for purchase directly from this site. If you are interested in commissioning a portrait please refer to my Commissioning A Portrait post here on my About page for further details. Artwork that is currently available for purchase will have a link to Paypal.

Thank you and please come again!



Commissioning a Portrait

“Ben, Anna & Charlie”. Oil on canvas. 27″ x 38″. 2014. Private collection.

There are few things in life as artistically satisfying for me than to have the opportunity to create an heirloom quality portrait for a client. Perhaps it is the exhilaration of observing the client’s emotional reaction to the work that I find so rewarding. But I can’t help but feel that this is the way that I can best share my “gift” with others–by helping people honor and immortalize those they hold so dear.

I can create a pastel drawing or oil painting of your loved one or colleague starting at various price points. Below is an outline of my typical commission process:

  • Personal Consultation: Initial discussion to identify scope of work and client objectives.
  • Subject Observation: Meeting with subject (portrait sitter) to observe & better understand the personality and mannerisms of the individual. If possible, I will sketch and make initial studies from life.
  • Photo-shoot Preparation: Photo-shoot location & date identified along with attire and and other details.
  • Photo-shoot and Review: Photos are taken (for use as painting references), processed and reviewed with the client to identify candidates for the final painted portrait.
  • Painting/Delivery: Typically a year once the painting process begins depending upon the complexity and scope of the work. Note: A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking.

Please contact me directly for my 2017 Commission Prices. Suzanne@lagoarthurstudio.com.


Suzanne Lago Arthur | Exhibit Resume



Continuing Education: 

Workshops: Casey Childs, Dan Thompson, Robert Liberace, Michael Klein, Rick Weaver, Daniel Sprick, Robert Johnson & David Chiefetz

  • M.A. in Museum Studies, dual concentration in Exhibit Design and Collections Management. George Washington University. May 2001. Washington DC.
  • B.F.A. Corcoran College of Art + Design. May 1996. Dean’s list 1992-1996. Washington DC.


  • Placed “Second in Oils”. 2017 Red Barn Art Show. Waterford Foundation. Waterford VA.
  • Finalist in “2016 Online Juried Show”, American Women Artists.
  • Placed “First in Oils”. 2012 Red Barn Art Show. Waterford Foundation. Waterford VA.
  • Finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2011-2012 “International Salon”
  • Awarded 3rd place honors at the 2011 “Expressions” Portrait Competition @ Artspace Herndon, VA.  Juried by Palden Hamilton.
  • Finalist in Brian Neher’s first “You be the Judge” online painting competition. http://www.brianneher.com/blog/news/110111.aspx


  • “Lighting Matches in Cuba on the 4th” by Fred Bernstein. New York Times, July 4th 2002.
  • “Exponen Artistas Cubano-Americanos en la Habana”. El Nuevo Herald (Spanish edition of the Miami Herald). August 2001.
  • “Cuban American Art 2000”. United States Interests Section HavanaCuba, Exhibition Catalog. August 2000.
  • “WETA Around Town”. March 1996.


International Guild of Realism
Oil Painters of America
Portrait Society of America
American Women Artists


Lago Arthur Studio School
Leesburg, VA
Apr 2011 – Present



  • “IGOR 13th Annual Juried Exhibition” International Guild of Realism. Sugarman-Peterson Gallery. Santa Fe, NM. Oct 2018.
  • “2018 Salon Show Juried Exhibition” Oil Painters of America. Crooked Tree Art Center. Traverse City, MI. Jun-Sept 2018.
  • “Root to Bloom” juried by Teresa Oaxaca. Principle Gallery. Alexandria,VA. Nov 2016.
  • “Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour” (WLAST) @ ArtSquare. Leesburg VA. June 2016. June 2014. June 2012. June 2011.
  • “Expressions” Portrait Competition @ Artspace Herndon, VA.
  • “Something Hot”. ArtSquare. Leesburg, VA. Aug 2011.
  • “Art at the Mill”. ClarkCounty Historical Association. Berryville VA. May 2011. Oct 2001. Oct 2010.
  • “Neighbors: The Corcoran at the OAS”. Art Museum of the Americas. Washington DC. 1998.


  • RoseGallery. Leesburg VA. June 2001.
  • “Milestones”. WashingtonCollege of Law at AmericanUniversity. Washington DC. Nov 1998.


  • “Red Barn Art Show”. Waterford Foundation. Waterford VA. Oct 2017, 2012.
  • “Single Fare 2”. Sloan Fine Art. NYC. March 2011.
  •  “Heads and Tails VI”. MOCA DC. Washington DC. Nov 2010.
  • “Fruit of the Vine”. The Gateway Gallery. Round Hill VA. Sept 2010.
  • “Project Create Art Auction”. Reyes + Davis Gallery. Washington, DC. May 26th, 2010.
  • Round HillArtsCenter. Round Hill, VA. April 2010.
  • “Holiday  Show”. Gallery 222. Leesburg VA. Dec 2009.
  • “Landscapes”. American Horticultural Society, River Farm. Alexandria VA. June 2007.
  • “Cuban-American Art 2000”. United States Interests Section Havana, Cuba. 2000 – 2003.
  • “Art for Life-Hope for Our Children”. Latin American Art Auction & Exhibit at the Pan American
  • Health Organization for benefit of Whitman Walker Clinic. 2000. 1999. 1998. 1997. 1996.
  • “Washington Art-O-Matic”. Washington DC. May-June 1999.
  • “Encuentros y Tradiciones V, Mosiaco Latino”. District of ColumbiaArtCenter. Washington DC. Sept 1998.
  • “Art for Life-Hope for Our Children”. Art Museum of the Americas. Washington DC. 1999.
  • “Contemporary Sensibilities”. EuroAmerica Galleries. SoHo, New York City. Oct 1997.
  • “Corcoran College of Art + Design Senior Exhibit”. Hemicycle, Corcoran Gallery. Washington DC. May 1996.
  • “10: The Corcoran College of Art + Design Printmaking Portfolio 1996”. Gallery K. Washington DC. Feb – Mar 1996.