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Susan Moss Cooper began painting in oils at a young age under the instruction of her grandmother, Leola Moss (1909-2007), a nationally recognized award-winning painter.

Susan’s grandmother, Leola began painting in 1938. She studied under early Texas artist Vivian Aunspaugh for 10 years. She also studied with Jessie Davis, Ramon Froman and gave art demonstrations to the Frank Reaugh Art Club. Frank Reaugh and Vivian Aunspaugh are the pioneers in bringing professional art to Dallas during the early 1900′s and Leola played a key role in the Dallas art scene during her career, exhibiting at Joseph Sartor Galleries on several occasions, as well as her own gallery, 3020 McKinney.*

Susan's style is influenced by these early Texas artists, especially her grandmother. Like her predecessors, she prefers to paint from life and often paints en plein air. Her focus has been figurative work as well as landscapes from her travels throughout Europe and the Southwest. “Painting on-site brings so many other elements to a piece. The work is the result of my reaction to what I’m experiencing in the moment – the temperature, the wind, the light, indescribable qualities that come out in the painting. I’m more concerned with capturing the spirit of a place and my response to it rather than the exact color or duplication of what I see.”

Susan has studied with E. Melinda Morrison, Kim English, Lesley Rich, Jeanette LeGrue and Suzanne Kelly Clark.  Her work has been shown in The Women’s Museum, The Dallas Contemporary, The Museum of Biblical Art, galleries in Dallas and Santa Fe and can currently be seen in the collection of the Dallas Convention Center Hotel, the Omni.  She is an award-winning painter and her work is represented in many private collections across the country. She has painted “live” at several venues, including the Belo Mansion, the Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the Colonial Country Club.


Susan was born in Dallas, Texas, where she currently resides. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society and she is a founding member of Tutti i Lunedi, a plein air group documenting Dallas historical sites. She lives in Dallas with her husband Rob, 16 old son Tres, a McNab Collie and lots of cats.


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*Vivian L. Aunspaugh Art Club records, Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Notable Commissions
Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Dallas, TX
Elisa and Stephen Summers, Dallas, TX
Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr., Dallas, TX
Georgina Hartland-Mackie, Dallas, TX

Kay Weeks, Dallas, TX

The Cooley Family
Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Women’s Ministry, Dallas TX
Omni Hotel Convention Center, Dallas, TX
Polsinelli Law Firm, Dallas, TX
Annette Culp, Midland, TX
BJ Beal, Midland, TX
Tara McDougal Lashford, Lubbock, TX
Scott and Julie Silverman, Houston, TX
Misty and David Ventura, Dallas, TX

DWeddings, "Susan Moss Cooper Captures Dallas Weddings 'En Plein Air'" - 2018
Modern Luxury Dallas, “The Art of ‘I Do’” - 2014
Outdoor Painter Magazine, “Group Focuses on Historic Landmarks” - 2011
Artella Magazine, New York, NY - 2003


Giving Back

Crystal Charity Ball

Jesuit Dallas

Elizabeth Toon Charities

Dwell with Dignity

Highland Park High School - Highlander Band
Cowboys and Cowboys Gala/Sky Ranch
Ladybird Johnson Wildlife Center
Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas
Art for the Bridge



Oil Painters of America
Outdoor Painters Society
Daily Painters of Texas

National League of American Pen Women
Dallas Society of Visual Communications

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