Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
(336) 846-3827


Florence Thomas Art School

Next Event


Jun 18 2018


09:00 AM - 04:00 PM



“Cosmic Creations” Palette Knife Painting with Susan Dahlin Bashford

Experienced Beginners – Advanced
All Materials Provided


Bold palette knife texture and vibrant use of color is part of this fearless approach to painting taught by Artist Susan Dahlin. Wild juicy colors create the shadows and shades of soulful animals. The strokes of a knife will loosen up the tight painter with a methodology unlike any other. Self taught with a knife, Susan’s students will discover the versatility and forgiving qualities of oils using dominant color schemes to make powerful paintings. You may use your image or paint from one of Susan’s.

Workshop Teacher

  • Susan Dahlin

    At the young age of six, Susan received an easel, palette and box of paints from her father, Finn, a professional portrait painter. Immediately she felt the gift of artistic expression that was so deeply rooted in the Dahlin family. After graduating with a B.A. from Penn State University in 1979, a career in broadcasting left little time for painting.  For nearly two decades, she worked both on and off the screen hosting television programs and producing award-winning documentaries at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina. After the passing of her father, Susan returned to the canvas with a new inspiration. Tossing away the brushes for one simple palette knife, she now prefers to carve texture and vibrant color into every piece she creates. Her work is shown in galleries all across the state and hangs in many private collections, including the NC State University Chancellor’s residence and Brand Winery in Sonoma County, CA — to name just a few.