• Are you ready to move to the next level in your studio practice?

  • Do you want some accountability and focus?

  • Are you at a crossroads in your work and not sure where to go next?

  • Do you want personal feedback and guidance?

Working one-on-one with a mentor gives the artist the opportunity to challenge themselves and push their work to the next level. It's for anyone who wants to learn or refine techniques, concentrate on conceptual development, and get individual feedback. The focus is on the artist's specific interests and can be addressed with an extended program or with individual concerns such as portfolio and website reviews. Sue offers personalized programs designed to help clarify and further your particular goals.

Here are some ways to work with Sue:

  • Extended Study

    6 - 1/2 hour sessions to focus on specific areas of concern for the artist and concentrating on moving the work forward. Exploring what is at the heart of the inspirations and motivations that moves you.

  • Portfolio Review

    An in-depth critique of your work with attention to where you are and where you want to be. Issues may be how to organize the work and how to best present it, what gaps need to be filled, and what course of action you might take.

  • Website Review

    A comprehensive evaluation of your online presentation. Includes looking at written materials such as bio, resume and artist statement, organization of portfolio, overall appearance and more.

Some areas of study include:

  • Conceptual development and goal setting. 
  • Finding the elements that run through your work and finding your unique voice.
  • Developing a cohesive body of work.
  • How to utilize materials to best express your ideas.
  • Instruction and refinement of painting with encaustic - could include introduction of new techniques or troubleshooting existing ones.
  • Feedback on 2D or 3D work. 
  • Portfolio and website review.
  • Artist statement and bio writing and refinement.
  • Developing a color palette.
  • Working in a series or in modules.

What you can expect:

  • explore your ideas and influences.
  • get assignments that lead you to discover new solutions.
  • re-visit art fundamentals.
  • learn to self-evaluate.
  • look at your work objectively and critically.
  • expand your library of contemporary and art historical resources.
  • be challenged to grow, dig deep and move out of your comfort zone.

Art Intensive Mentoring with Susan Stover


  • How do I schedule my first meeting?

    Upon purchasing, I will contact you via email and I'll send you some questions. After that, we will set up a time for our meeting.

  • How often do we meet in the Extended Study?

    You have the option to meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly, whatever works best for you. If you would like to work on a 'as needed' basis, I would recommend using the 6 meetings within 6 months.

  • Is our session recorded so I can review it later?

    All mentoring sessions take place on Zoom unless you live locally and can do in person. The meeting can be recorded if you like.

  • Can I purchase coaching more than once?

    Absolutely! I often have artists purchase the Extended Study on an on-going basis. When working with someone over a longer period of time, we build a history to draw upon from each other. For the Portfolio and Website Reviews we can set up follow up appointments as well.

by Martha B

"Working with Sue has been very exciting. My background is in textiles and weaving. I started experimenting with encaustic a number of years ago, and the mixing of the two. Susan has helped guide me on ways to combine the two media. Susan is an insightful teacher who gives me thoughtful and useful feedback. Most importantly, she has helped me to find my own voice. Susan takes the time to prepare for our sessions and is very organized. I have also found our interaction via zoom to be clear. Susan's mentoring has been an invaluable experience, I highly recommend her as a teacher."

by Linda O.

“Sue Stover is an outstanding teacher and artist. She is highly organized and has all materials available. I accomplished and learned a great deal without any loss of time. I would highly recommend anything she teaches."

by Francesca F.

“Sue gives so much of herself and is one of the BEST teachers you could learn from! She is a master!“

Susan Stover

Excavating the ideas that inform your work is an important element of Susan’s teaching. She helps you focus on the “why” of your work while you master technical skills. Take advantage of her extensive background in a variety of media including textiles, painting and sculpture. Susan’s insightful suggestions will help you open up new ways of seeing things. She is interested in connecting histories, personal and cultural, to each student's intentions and concepts. As a teacher, she delights in these moments of awakening in her students. She is eager to help you discover and use the best materials to express your ideas. You will marvel at how easily Susan moves between mediums integrating 2D and 3D elements in her work and you will find inspiration in how you can also incorporate that agility into your own practice. Susan Stover is a R&F Paints Core Instructor and a Silver Brush Educator.