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Norfolk County

DNR Designs


Susan was born in Orillia, Ontario, but spent most of her life in scenic Niagara and then moved to Port Rowan. Experimentation and living in the vicinity of Backus Woods Conversation has enforced the bold colour of her oil paintings, and texture of her palette knife. Her goal, when transferring nature to canvas, is to make a stark impression by stirring a long-forgotten memory or revealing an avenue to explore the imagination. She is also proficient in acrylics and watercolours.

As the Project and Events Director for Norfolk ArtsCo she initiated the Authors’ Book Fair which was successful for 5 years under her guidance and then it continued under the direction of the Norfolk Public Library System. Susan has also served on the committee for the Norfolk Visual Arts Competition and participates annually with the Norfolk Visual Arts Tour.

Susan has studied under the auspices of Mary Lampman, Vinnie Vabalis, Sam Paonessa, Linda Kemp, Gloria Kingma and Art Cunanan. Her paintings hang in homes across Canada, Germany and corporate offices.
Today, she devotes her time to golfing, gardening and experimenting with different painting techniques.

Susan has been teaching palette knife painting every other week at Capitol Arts Market.  If you are interested, you can register through the website or at the gallery at any time.


Lilian Trost was born and raised just outside of Port Dover.  She has had a busy career as a teacher, a developer of customer service and management training programs, a Master Trainer in industry, a mother and grandmother.  A curious nature has taken her all over the world, exposing her to galleries, unique architecture and varied landscapes from mountains to deserts, to rain forests and barrier reefs.  Over the years she has made several attempts at developing her latent potential artistic side by attending various workshops but always lost out to the responsibilities of family and business.

She draws inspiration from nature, her husband's photographs and architecture.  She also draws support from her daughters and her husband, who spends hours cutting mats and assembling frames.


Lilian has loved the art of the 'Group of Seven' since she came across their prints in readers in elementary school.  The Red Maple, The Lone Pine, The Tangled Garden and Mt Lefroy come readily to mind.  These artists, for her, are synonymous with Canadian Art. As an homage to the Group of Seven plus one, for Canada’s 150th, Lilian painted one painting from each of their famous collection.


After the sale of their Bed and Breakfast and Management Training Business, she returned to her roots in Norfolk to retire and  said, "it's now or never".  She kick started her water colour techniques by joining the Simcoe Artist's Workshop.  That Spring and Summer she literally painted her way through her flower gardens.  Lilian has enjoyed her bi-monthly sessions with her own group of seven or eight, by teaching skills and techniques, providing discipline and guidance, feedback, encouragement, camaraderie and her studio.


She sees herself and her art as a work in progress with a roving eye, that is always seeking out, that next subject in watercolours, oils, acrylics, or ink. She’s an avid learner and books, magazines and the internet are an endless repository.