Sushila Oliphant

Nature and spiritual themes are my favorite subjects and give me a sense of calm and peace. I love to paint in the pointillistic style. It is very hypnotic and meditative putting all those dots down. The images only make clearer sense from a distance… sort of like life’s teachings.

I also work in pen and ink, pastels, colored pencils, graphite, watercolor, collages, acrylics on found wood and digital photography with Photoshop. I have won several awards in various art shows in Maine, Colorado, Merida, Mexico and Florida and several international online shows.

When I am finished with a piece, I am just as surprised at the results as anyone else. It is my joy and gratitude to be able to create! Painting is my life's mission and passion - whether I have an audience or not.


Nature in Pointillism

"Sushila Oliphant's paintings are beautiful...colorful, vibrant, rich...the tones are deep, akin to those of a haunting cello or lyric basso profondo. These paintings speak to the grandeur and splendor of Nature, calling us to bow with respect and in worship. Oliphant so perfectly captures that aspect of Nature that makes it bigger and greater than all of us, though we are all contained within it. She captures the spiritual aspect of Nature, that part that feeds our souls, that part that Thoreau honored in his writings about Nature, that part of which we can never have enough.

Sushila uses a certain technique to create these pieces, a technique which contributes to their energy, vibrancy, and texture. In the style of the pointillists, the most famous probably being Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859-1891), Sushila creates these pieces with dots and dashes. Sushila notes that this type of painting requires an action that is very strict, deliberate, and disciplined. The mind cannot wander while painting with this technique. Although it takes longer to create a piece using this method, Sushila finds that it has become a type of meditation for her...a spiritual practice." -Christine Cote, Still Point Art Gallery

The Journey “The Journey”

This piece was inspired driving through back roads in Chiapas, Mexico on the way to San Cristobal. It is said that the only way to the 200 year old church is to climb up that steep hill. So that is a journey in itself, on my journey.

Golden Meadows “Golden Meadows”

This is a landscape made up in my mind, echoing fields from my childhood.

Orange Sunshine “Orange Sunshine”

Inspired from memories of the southwest.

Illumination “Illumination”

Inspired by the brilliant sunsets in Tuscon, Arizona. Painted on found wood.

Ataraxia “Ataraxia”

Acrylic pointillism on art board, 11 x 14 inches.

Over Seas “Over Seas”

Acrylic in pointillism, 9 12 inches on found wood.

Red River “Red River”

Acrylic in pointillism, 11 x 14 inches on art board.

Still “Still”

Acrylic on Plywood, 13" W x 14.25" Pointillism

The Call “The Call”

Acrylic on found wood, Pointillism, 18.25 x 5.75 inches