Lily, King, Queenie and Sparky by S. Falcon-Hargraves
The Cloud House teaching philosophy is very simple: in the process of building and honing basic skills the student will eventually discover his or her unique vision, without being restricted to the teacher's personal style of painting. Our courses emphasize the solid visual tools that every artist needs, offered in a positive, supportive atmosphere. All levels are welcome!
Born and raised in New York City, Susan Falcon-Hargraves attended the New York School of Visual Arts, but was bitten by the "dance bug" early in her studies there. Invited to study at the prestigious Julliard School, she instead chose to join a professional company that was started by a teacher at the Martha Graham School.
Falcon-Hargraves resumed her fine arts involvement in Arizona, where she earned a B.A. from Prescott College. In the years since she has carved out an artistic niche in the Valley, winning top awards at juried shows. In 2007 the City of Glendale purchased the "Elephant in the Room" from her Eccentricities series, and she was selected as Phoenix Magazine's Artist of the Month for the March issue of 2008. In that same year she presented a one-woman show at the West Valley Art Museum, and participated in (and was credited with inspiring) the “Table Manners” group show at the Arizona Museum for Youth.
In 2012 she traveled to Rome, Italy to show and speak about her work after being chosen by the ARTROM Gallery as one of their Top Ten Women Artists. She taught at BRIO Fine Arts for ten years, from its inception until its recent closure.
A devout animal-lover and supporter of animal rescue causes, Falcon-Hargraves is also well-known for her vibrant and soulful portraits of companion animals and their people, often donating work to rescue groups in the Phoenix area.
You can view a selection of her portraits, commissions and devotional work here: Susan Falcon-Hargraves