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Zigzag Iris (Iris Brevicaulis)

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FLOR9 by Susie Cassens

Susan Cassens, FLOR 9: Zigzag Iris (Iris Brevicaulis)," oil on canvas, 9" x 12", 2009. (CC)


About the artist

Susan Cassens, a native Floridian began her love of art studying oil painting at age of 16 with Therese Knowles, who studied with Florida Master Artist, A. E. Backus. She continued her education in the Arts at the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. Cassens' artwork has been exhibited in various galleries in Florida and is included in private collections in Canada, England and the United States. Government and Corporate collections are in Florida. One of her joys is Community Service in the Arts; including being Chair for the St. Lucie County Cultural Affairs, Chair-St. Lucie Mural Society, Board member of the A. E. Backus Museum & Gallery, and the committee which created the Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts. Susan Cassens is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, located in Washington, D.C. as well as a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Society. She currently teaches at Art Mundo Creative Center in Fort Pierce and operates The Art Cove Gallery at Manatee Zone. She is also partners with Jo Ann Holcomb in the Arts Consulting firm -Sunrise Studios.


Artist’s Statement:

Did I make you smile or wince or remember something special??? That is my goal as an Artist and my true reward!!!










Flor9 Zigzag Iris
Photo credit: Larry Allain

Zigzag Iris
(Iris Brevicaulis)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.



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Miami Beach, FL 33139

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