About the Artist

Susan Russell Hall is a Northwest artist and medical illustrator who comes from a long line of artisans. Since her first solo exhibition in 1977 Women’s Cultural Center at the University of Washington, her artworks have been exhibited nationally, as well as internationally. Since 1979, the artist has continued to document pediatric heart surgeries with her drawings from the operating room and has had these medical illustrations published in numerous books. As the artist explains of her work, 'By observing the perfect imperfections of the leaf, one sees beyond the surface to the actual beauty and into the depth of the object. Removing ourselves from viewing the surface and going deeper bonds us with others and with nature.'

Artist Statement

Art for me is a language of my spirit. As I experience the beauty of this world, the challenges, pain and the joys, my paintings become the pages of my story. I strive to capture the quiet moments of life through art. Nature continues to be the place I go for inspiration and renewal. Some paintings dance on the edge of heaven and earth, others look back to history and time, each reflects a place in eternity.

Art for me is a language of comfort. For 27 years I worked in the operating room as a medical illustrator documenting over 6500 different surgeries from life. Most of the patients were children with congenital heart defects. It was important for me to be present for the patients and families in time of crisis. The drawings were created to help bring a knowledge and understanding of the intricate surgical procedure and to provide support in each difficult situation.

Art for me is a language of quiet reflection. It provides a window or a mirror through which we connect our spirits within and our journey through life. 

— SUSAN RUSSELL HALL