My Art Trip

Sue Ann is your host; she organizes all details in France for your Art Trip; provides locations, area information and concierge-type advice for your travels.

  She's a full time artist and savvy traveler who enjoys painting by her creek in the 

Rick & Sue Ann  October 2013 honeymoon

In Monet's Grand Allee'

My Art Trip loves some Connie Willis! 

We are so excited to welcome Connie back to My Art Trip to co-Host the this first ever Van Gogh Immersion trip!

Returning in 2017 to co-host her second My Art Trip, artists had a blast with her and Sue Ann on the first ever Monet Immersion My Art Trip in June 2014. (hey.... do you see a pattern here?)

Since she leads that management team Sue Ann served on at Walt Disney World, you can imagine the amazing logistical expertise she brings to our travels. Together, Connie, Sue Ann and Susan will assure a magical 'seamless experience' for all the new friends traveling with them.

A life-long resident of the greater Orlando area, Connie loves the beach, her two adult children and her work at Disney.  She's  not an artist, but will be picking up a pencil or brush here and there to join in on the artistic fun! 

My Instructor & Co-Host

Susan Rubin, artist

"This trip was well executed from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an opportunity to travel and immerse in art and wants the safety and pleasure of a group with experienced hosts."        - 2016 artist

My Art Trip is proud to offer 

drawing instruction on both the Monet

and van Gogh trips by acclaimed

artist, Susan Rubin.

Paintings improve as drawing improves. Check out the topics below...whether you're in need of drawing instruction or simply need to exercise and discipline yourself,  you'll love Susan's instruction.  Painting remains uninstructed. Susan will work with you on your areas of drawing  interest.  That's's tailored to each individual. (Yep, she's that good! )

  • Light on Form
  • Field sketching steps in 4 values
  • How to SEE like an artist
  • Drawing a specific plant from Monet’s  garden
  • Composition
  • Using a viewfinder for accurate drawing
  • The positives of negative space
  • Botanical Illustration skills—basic, intermediate, advanced
  • Up close and personal—getting inside the plants
  • How to observe and understand a plant
  • Mindful drawing—finding your Zen with a pencil in your hand


“I love plants, I love to draw and I love to teach. I am excited to get to know you and your artwork, and to enhance your understanding of the plants you portray!  With insider tips and tricks, we'll make beautiful drawings together!"  - Susan Rubin


Susan is a classically trained botanical artist, combining scientific accuracy with artistic expression.  Drawing has been her artwork of choice for over 25 years, and she exhibits in museums and galleries around the world.   

Since 1998, she has  taught drawing in graphite and colored pencil to more than a thousand students in the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens as well as other workshops in the US and abroad. 

And oh how they love meeting new friends on My Art Trip and showing them one of their favorite parts of the world - Paris and Giverny!

Long time resident of Colorado with a deep interest in its history and well-being, Rick was appointed by the Governor in 2015 to serve as a Commissioner on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.

Rick loves skiing, remembering his mountain climbing years and also has a healthy obsession with playing Pickleball..

"I LOVED all the museums we visited! Painting in the gardens was a dream come true! It was truly amazing painting off hours!! I really enjoyed everything we did!!"

Rick Hum, Stateside Contact

This is an old photo that my husband says

still looks like me. He may be fibbing.

Kudos on the very detailed itinerary. While I looked at it occasionally, once I left my husband raved about being able to know where I was and what I was doing while we did it. Is that a good thing? Lol

" This trip was truly a dream come true! I've never taken an art immersion trip, and it was wonderful to be able to work on my art as much as such did!

I came back with six paintings and a sketchbook  of memories.  Sue Ann planned a fantastic tribute to Monet! "

                                                 - 2016 artist

Sue Ann's husband Rick is often a co-host for My Art Trip.
Married in 2013, they love dancing, their Rocky Mountain home, traveling, cooking and time spent with their adult and grand children.

Standing at edge of water lily pond see Monet's home in background

Following retirement Rick let his beard grow. Our 2015 & 16 artists had great laughs with locals calling him "Monet Papa" and tourists clamoring "Monsieur Monet....Selfie?"

Rick will not be traveling with us in 2017, but will be the state-side contact if your friends or family need to reach you for any reason.

My VanGogh Immersion  Co-Host

Connie Willis

Rocky Mountains outside Salida, Colorado. She loves being a part of the vibrant local arts scene and serves on the Salida Council for the Arts. Sue Ann brings a positive, joyful attitude and is excited to provide you the Art Trip of your dreams.

Sue Ann was a manager of travel for the Disney Corporation for over five years, hosting countless performers traveling to represent the company and planning all their travel and appearance details.  She's been to Europe several times with family, friends and on her own. She is not a travel agent, but is an awesome travel buddy!  A french language student, Sue Ann's "un petit peu francais" paves the way for you on this art trip.

My Hosts and Instructor

When Sue Ann was first given permission by the Fondation de Claude Monet to Paint inside the gardens, she knew it would be life-changing!

Surrounded by overwhelming beauty and trying to comprehend seeing what Monet saw and painting what Monet painted, she became deeply moved and filled with gratitude.

As she stood on Monet's bridge with paintbrush in hand, tears trickling down her cheeks, she thought, “I wish every artist had a chance to experience this. And, it should be easy for them!"  Wanting others to have this blissful opportunity is an idea that wouldn't let go… and that idea birthed “My Art Trip.”

In June of 2016, Sue Ann returned from her 7th trip to Monet's Gardens.  Sue Ann has hosted 31 artists in Giverny. She has had the opportunity to paint in the gardens a total of 34 days.  She knows what she's doing and she will be working to make certain YOUR experience is the very best she can deliver!

Expanding in 2017 to offer a second location, it was easy to select Vincent van Gogh as My Art Trip's second inspiration.  Sue Ann and her husband Rick spent about 20 days in Provence to determine the best experience for artists. She is very excited to introduce My Art Trip guests to Vincent's France. You will truly see what he saw and have the chance to paint what he painted.

Oh.... one more thing! At Disney, she also portrayed the Fairy Godmother - - she's totally dedicated to making dreams come true!

My Host

Sue Ann Hum, artist