National Association of Women Artists

Artist of the Week

National Association of Women Artists Artist of the Week


Dear NAWA Members and Friends,

NAWA is thrilled to share that this week’s talented and brilliant #NAWAArtistOfTheWeek is:

Susan Miller-Havens!

Born and raised in New Jersey a bus ride from the NYC art world, Susan Miller-Havens has been a resident of Cambridge, MA for over four decades. She has two 20 year careers: one in the field of mental health, the other in fine arts. Originally a reconstructive surgical nurse at the Mass General Hospital, she was one of the founders of The Department of Psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital.

While working in a clinic she pursued a degree in studio art from Wellesley College where her honors advisers were the watercolorist Richard Yarde and landscape artist, James Wilson Rayen, both well represented artists. Drawn back to psychology she completed her Doctorate in Human Development from Harvard School of Education. After working in adoption reform as an educator she realized once again that she was drawn to expressing in paint what she had come to understand about human nature.

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Not primarily a portrait artist, Miller-Havens paintings focus on the subtleties within relationships and the human condition in general.

She is known as an artist who invites the viewer into the painting through unexpected use of color, absence of background, and inventive cropping of the images.

Her work is part of private collections in San Diego, Denver, Miami, New York, and Boston. Her commissions include the official portrait of Mayor Alice Wolf Hall of Fame basketball coach Patrick J. Riley and

Harvard Dean Jerome T. Murphy. Her life size portrait of Cooperstown Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk is in the Permanent Collection of the National Portrait Gallery Washington D. C. as is her Portrait of Pedro J. Martinez.

She is currently working on the series “Zooming Out” concerning the use of Zoom and the isolation of its participants during the pandemic .

She is a member of The Harvard Arts in Education Advisory Council, The Art Connection Boston MA, The National Association of Women Artists, Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who In America, The Harvard Square Business Association The Harvard Square Neighborhood Association and Somerville Concord, Cambridge Artists Associations

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Check out Susan’s feature on the NAWA Instagram and Facebook.

Click here to view more of her work!

Stay well and keep creating!


Christie Devereaux, NAWA President

Susan Hammond, NAWA Vice President

Jill Baratta, Executive Director

11 Miller Street, Somerville, MA, USA 617 576 2206
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