Biography



  • Official Artist for 2010 25th Anniversary of AT&T Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-Am
  • Published in COVER STORIES:  Tournament Program Cover Art
  • First female to be invited to create the artwork in the company of 4X cover artists Hank Ketcham, Charles Schultz, Leroy Neiman

        Suzanne is the eldest daughter of Richard “Dick” Yost.  Her dad was a highly ranked Amateur golfer in 50's-70's: 1955 Walker Cup Team Member, '57 Master's Player, US Amateur,  & invited numerous times by Bing Crosby to play in the Pebble Beach Pro AM “Clam Bake”, now the AT&T Pebble Beach National Golf PRO-AM.

         In the 50-60's golf Dick Yost's golf pals included Ken Venturi, Harvie Ward(1955 Walker Cup Team Member) , Bob Roos (Roos Bros SF Atelier). Dick played with golf greats Ben Hogan & Byron Nelson.

        Dick Yost & Hank Ketcham, creator of Dennis The Menace, became friends @ The Crosby's. It is with great irony & honor that Suzanne & Hank ended up in the same art class together 30 years later painting side by side. Suzanne was well versed in watercolors, Hank in cartoons, and over time Hank sent sketches to Suzanne offering positive feedback for what would become Suzanne’s highly successful “Guitar Man” series! Since Suzanne owns Surf City Coffee Co. Inc, she reciprocated to Hank, with coffee beans, and pen pals ensued.

     In a twist of fate, Suzanne found a red box of golf memorabilia in the family home, as she searched for pics of her dad to paint. This RED BOX would become another career juncture as her ancestry intersected with her own art experience and path she continues today.

(ANDREW:  link here to Readable version of Carmel Mag above in Published)


    Her GUITAR MAN, SAXY GUY, series had been well received by gallery & collectors.  She strived to find her own voice through painterly movement to express emotion.  This personal path continues today as her golfers connect her to a family legacy she knew little about.


 

 

Suzanne Yost McCourt’s first acknowledgement as an artist came at the age of 6. Suzanne won 1st place in an All-State drawing contest for drawing her cat drinking milk, sponsored by Mayflower Milk & Oregon Dairy Farmer’s Association. She won an adult bike & couldn’t ride the bike for another 3 years as it was too big & sadly stolen before she could ride!   She loved growing up in the rich cultural environment of the Pacific Northwest, and received her R.N. there in 1980. She loves to play volleyball and paint!

       Suzanne & Dan McCourt, along with talented team of designers, conceptualized & built 4 stores, roastery facility, and wholesale coffee including Safeway, Whole Food, Costanoa, Deluxe Foods, & New Leaf markets, In collaboration with design team of McDill & Associates, Surf City Coffee Co. newly designed coffee bags juried & won an ADDY award of Silicon Valley for design.  The McCourt's are supporters and advocates of local schools, as well as area improvements.  Suzanne is involved in all Surf City designs involving art, logos, coffee bags, apparel, cups, mugs.

                “The creation of Surf City Coffee Co. is one of the most enthralling & collaborative artistic creations

                         in which I have been involved: conception, designing, planning, creating, & building.” 

Surf City Coffee Co., Inc.® 

International Recognition:

        International Artist Magazine Aug/Sept 2001
            Art Prize Challenge Competition: Honorable Mention 
            Title: “Guitar Man: Blues Guitar” 
            Juried from 1500 entries & 50 countries worldwide
            Awards given: 1st ,2nd,3rd place & 10 Honorable Mention 

 

Gallery i Fine Art
        Solo Show
        Monterey, CA September 2009

Phillips Galleries of Fine Art
        Solo Show
        Carmel, CA September 2006

Carmel Magazine
        Feature Articles:  Winter 2009 &  Holiday 2005


Triton Museum of Art
        Santa Clara, CA 2004
        (2) Awards of Merit at Triton Museum of Art AVA Art Fest
        George Rivera: Director, former Curator, Juror 

            Award of Merit “Antique Landscape

           

            Award of Merit “Saxy Guy”

            
The Gottlieb Gallery
        Portland, OR 2005, 2004
        Solo Show Aug 4, 2005

SOLA Stars competition
        Bernard Barryte, Juror 2005 & Curator, Stanford Cantor Museum Art Center

        SOLA star at juried competition


Hewlett-Packard®:
        (3) Solo shows: 2001, 2003 and 2005.
        Paintings used for (2) HP pilot projects:

  • HP “cooltownusa” wireless technology project
  • Ms. McCourt interviewed in 2001 discussing her paintings, & used on HP Jordana PDA/handheld device for HP “cooltownusa” wireless technology. 
  • Wow, what new technology can do!
  • Digital imaging R + D; European museums image capture. 

Open Studio Tours
            Santa Cruz 93-95, 2000-02,04-06, 2011

Santa Cruz Art League
            2003, 02, 01
            Winners Circle & Members Shows 2003, 2002

The Academy of Friends 
            San Francisco, CA 2004

                Production painting of Look models posed at entrance for Oscar eve

McDill & Associates
                2004:  Assist in designing Surf City Coffee Co. coffee bags, Which won ADDY award of Silicon Valley for design & qualified for                     National award status.


Int. Designer Showcase-Flanders Estate
        Carmel, CA 1994

C.L. McRae Interior Design
        San Francisco, CA 1993-95
        San Francisco Design Center Showplace West: Painted in showroom for International January Market
            (Now McCrae & Co; Hinkley & Co. at SFDC Galleria)