When she lived in England, Susan O'Brien McLean, painted cricket matches, English country gardens and picnics by quiet streams. Now that she lives in Osterville on Cape Cod, her subjects are children playing by the sea, Cape Cod gardens and landscapes depicting the beauty of the Cape. She also likes to paint still life subjects and portraits.
But no matter what side of the Atlantic she's worked on, her vision is touched by "nostalgia for a gracious lifestyle that is rare in this century". Mrs. McLean has exhibited in London regularly at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Pastel Society, the Royal Portrait Society and at several galleries in the London area.
In 1994 she was elected a Copley Artist by the Copley Society on Newbury Street in Boston. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Duxbury Art Association, the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, the Cape Cod Art Association, and the Cahoon Museum of American Art.
Over the years she has received many awards, including the Brumbacher Gold Medal in 1997 for excellence in painting. Mrs. McLean has two paintings in the permanent collection of the Cape Museum of Fine Arts. For the past 26 years she has painted "en plein air" in the Cahoon Museum's Brush Off, the Copley Society's "Fresh Paint" and the Cape Museum's annual art auction.
She is represented by several galleries in New England and Washington, D.C.