1943 - 2009
community has lost one of its true artistic treasures. Susan Sallade
transitioned to a new existence Monday, January 12. Those whose lives
she touched were blessed for knowing her.
in Reading, Pennsylvania, Susan received her Bachelor’s of Fine
Arts degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and
had her own freelance artwork business. A former colleague recalls
that Susan was multi-talented at logo identity development, hand lettering,
and painting with emphasis on watercolor. She was a sought-after instructor
in Continuing Education. Susan was the consummate teacher: she loved
to teach either individually or through SBCC Adult Education Program.
Many of her students took her classes over and over and always learned
something new and many became her friends. She is remembered as being
soft-spoken, articulate and especially caring in helping her students
pursue their love for watercolor painting. Her gentle and unobtrusive
way hid a deeper truth. Through art Susan taught life lessons and
the most important thing she taught was to be kind, loving and accepting
of ourselves and others. Susan applied the same principles with her
friends who loved her dearly; her passing leaves a void in their lives.
always spoke fondly of her time abroad: riding horses and painting in
Ireland and New Zealand. In Santa Barbara, she enjoyed riding on the
trails of Hope Ranch through the kindness and generosity of a friend.
loved and lived art. Her watercolors and collages show her spiritual,
mystical and often whimsical side. Nature and animals were her favorite
subjects. The simple beauty of a tree leaf was wonderment. She was the
recipient of many artistic awards and often had shows of her work in
the Santa Barbara area.
years ago Susan took on a new “adventure” and became Nonna
to her first and only grandchild Megan. In these last years Megan was
the love of her life. Susan's face would light up when Megan entered
the room. In that light painted with emotional clarity stood grace and
unconditional love. A life lesson we are all blessed to be part of.
Her son Evan, Tisha and Megan, her friends and students have her eternal
love. Susan will live on in the bright colors and textures of her work.
For those who knew her, and feel a need to fill the void created by
her passing, Susan’s art can be seen anytime at www.salladestudio.com.
To see her art is to see all that Susan was.
resident of Santa Barbara, Susan’s family include her long-term
partner Paul Fuller, her son Evan Dalke and his partner Tisha Saragosa,
and granddaughter Megan Dalke.
celebration of life will take place on her birthday January 24, at Godric
Grove, Elings Park at 11 a.m. weather permitting. Any venue changes
will be posted on www.independent.com/obits
contributions can be made in Susan’s honor to: Return to Freedom
-- American Wild Horse Sanctuary (Lompoc); Land Trust for Santa Barbara
County; or Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG) of Santa Barbara.
family welcomes you to share your thoughts and wishes at www.independent.com/obits
or email email@example.com
paintings are the product of an ongoing narration celebrating the exultation
of nature- it’s abundant surface colors and forms, as well as
the essence of it’s mystical depths.