Suzanne V Paddock grew up in Putnam County, NY and earned a BS in Visual Arts at SUNY New Paltz in 1993. Her early career was in production at various places including Archie Comics, in Mamaroneck, NY. Her next big step was into a community of outsider artists in the Hudson Valley which garnered exhibits, studio tours, and representation at Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY.
Paddock moved to Central VA in 2012 and joined the local arts community of Bedford County in electrifying its’ amazing potential. She was a founding member of the first co-op art gallery in the town of Bedford, worked at the Sedalia Center, in Big Island, taught drawing classes, presented art talks, held studio tours, and showed in solo exhibits. Paddock joined the exhibition committee at Bower Center for the Arts, in the town of Bedford, in 2015. In early 2019, she was asked to assist in curating “This Is Our Service: America’s Veterans Make Art”, an exhibit presented by Bower Center in partnership with the National D-Day Memorial to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Her most recent adventures were in Lynchburg and included completion of the Artthrive business for artists program at Riverviews ArtSpace in 2018, participation in Art on Main at Bailey Spencer Hardware, and competition in the 5th Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival and Art contest at Amazement Square. In 2020, she was awarded a grant from the James River Arts & Cultural District Program for her solo exhibit at Riverviews ArtSpace, “Coincidental Feminists: The Women Portrait Project”, a continuing series exploring interconnectivity between feminism and beauty.
Paddock works most often out of a residential second story studio, enjoying tree-house views and a small murder of crows for company. Studio tours are offered by appointment. She is currently represented by the Market Gallery in Roanoke, VA, and co- chair of the Exhibition Committee at Bower Center. Over the years her work has been accepted into several judged and juried shows across the country, honored with awards on four separate occasions, and supported with a James River Arts & Cultural District grant from the city of Lynchburg, VA.