Susan Mein

A self-taught artist who began painting at an early age, Susan’s slightly naïve style adds extra charm to her nostalgic interpretations of rural life, which include scenes from here in the hills.

November 21, 2011 | | Artist in Residence

Susan Mein brings fond memories of growing up in small-town Ontario to her whimsically detailed acrylic paintings. A self-taught artist who began painting at an early age, Susan’s slightly naïve style adds extra charm to her nostalgic interpretations of rural life, which include scenes from here in the hills. She raised her family in Ottawa, but retired with her husband Doug to the Hockley Hills where they now live in a house she designed.

Giclée prints of her work will be for sale at the Holiday Treasures Show at Dufferin County Museum & Archives until December 4.

Susan Mein ~ The Homecoming, 16" x 12" Susan Mein ~ Skating On The Tay, 18" x 14" Susan Mein ~ Sheldon Mills, 2o" x 16" Susan Mein ~ Mrs McCartens Flowers, 16" x 12" Susan Mein ~ Holly Lane, 2o" x 16" Susan Mein ~ Evening Skate In Stewart Park, 18" x 12" Susan Mein ~ Christmas On Mill Street, 18" x 12" Susan Mein ~ A Perfect Day, 14" x 20" Susan Mein ~ A Day In The Village, 16" x 12"
Susan Mein ~ Evening Skate In Stewart Park, 18" x 12"

About the Author More by Signe Ball

Signe Ball is publisher/editor of In The Hills.



  1. My wife Siv and I have been lucky to know Susan and her famous painting skills for almost two decades and we brought some of them over to Europe when we left Montreal. So fortunately we can still enjoy her beautiful paintings. We wish her all the success for the future!

    John Karbro from Norrköping Sweden on Nov 30, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply

  2. They are just beautiful Susan, Doug was telling us in the summer what beautiful work you did but I never imagined they would be as special as these. WOW.

    Sharon Larin from Canada on Nov 25, 2011 at 7:26 am | Reply

  3. Suzan impresses me a lot with her talent. Her paintings although very complex gives a very peaceful feeling. Although I like all her paintings, I enjoy particularly Holly Lane, Skating on the Tay, A Day in the Village and Christmas on Mill Street. The winter sceneries remind me of the great time I had the priviledge to enjoy in Canada for several years. Suzan, continue the great work!

    Francois F from Zurich, Switzerland on Nov 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply

  4. Susan’s paintings do not depict what I actually saw in the countryside shortly after the war. They do represent what most of us felt about winter and Christmas in our early years. I never enjoyed skating as much as when I first learned while exploring a small, frozen river, or when being pulled behind a horse-drawn sleigh on icy country roads. I recall the very basic, warm friendliness of rural folks that she shows us. Things changed slowly in those days, especially in the country, so what I speak of was not unlike what happened decades earlier, too. Peace was more realistic as a hope, and richness was in the heart more than the pocketbook.

    Trygve Bratteteig from Mississauga on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply

  5. Susan is an amazing talent. Her attention to detail is phenomenal. I am very fortunate to have two of Susan’s works and I treasure them. They evoke a simpler, more joyful and peaceful time and always make me feel happy. Who could ask for more from art.

    Fran Green from Ottawa, Ontario on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply

  6. Denise and I know Suzan and Doug for many years when they were living in Ottawa area. Her work reflects her personality; Suzan’s painting is so beautiful and colorfull with amazing details. I have one of her paintings and will certainly get more in the future.

    Denis Panneton from Mont Tremblant Quebec on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Reply

  7. Susan’s pictures are simply charming: the perfect antidote to a modern and usually over-complicated Christmas. OK, so they’re simple, nostalgic and a bit quirky, harking back to gentler days, but – hell, so am I!

    David Knight from Cornwall, England on Nov 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply

  8. I love that Susan’s work conveys such joy and warmth, around the simple pleasures of family life!

    Kimberly Day from Hockley Valley on Nov 23, 2011 at 6:35 am | Reply

  9. I have the pleasure of owning several of Susan Mein’s prints and constantly marvel at the attention to detail she puts into her work. Every work of art of hers, has a positive energy and sense of optimism, family ties and tight community bonds attached to the scene she has painted. In addition to her prints I use her cards for all occassions and have people keeping them on display in their homes far longer than any birthday or get well card would be. They are truly appreciated by all who receive them.
    Wishing you a long and prosperious career Susan. I love your work.

    Shirley Cox from Essa Township on Nov 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply

  10. “Whimsical” Yes perhaps, “Naive”, I dont think so. But ‘Charming’, ‘warm’, ‘comfortable’, ‘Nostalgic’, definitely.

    John White from Near Perth, On on Nov 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply

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