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Sukie Curtis Fine Art MaineMany years ago, Sukie Curtis did so poorly in a studio art class in college that she didn’t take another art class for twenty-five years, despite a recurring desire to draw and paint. Born in Boston, Sukie grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, at home with salt water, mudflats at low tide, and boats, as well as with the colors and scents of her mother’s gardens. Summer visits to Squam Lake in New Hampshire provided the additional delights of fresh water and New England woods.

After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and earning a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, her professional life moved toward ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. (Although she was from Massachusetts, Sukie was actually the first woman ordained to the Episcopal priesthood on Mississippi soil.) Sukie spent nearly twenty-three years serving Episcopal congregations from Clarksdale, Mississippi to Concord, Massachusetts to Yarmouth, Maine, where she and her husband, the Rev. David Heald, led a congregation together.

In 2008, Sukie formally resigned from ordained ministry and at the same time began to discover the pleasures and possibilities of oil paints. She has taken a patchwork of studio classes at Maine College of Art and the University of Southern Maine, in addition to a lot of exploring paint on her own. Sukie lives and paints in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, once again near salt water and mudflats at low tide. Her paintings are usually on view at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, 720 US Route One, Yarmouth, Maine, as well as at her home.

Sukie welcomes your interest and inquiries about her paintings, including potential purchases and occasional commissioned work.  You may contact Sukie here.

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