North Carolina artist Susan Wells Vaughan is known for her folk art style paintings. Inspired by Grandma Moses, this style allows Susan to "tell" something about a town's past history and also paint in some of the local color she's learned about while living in or near the towns or cities she depicts. Also an author, Susan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied art, literature and history. While attending the Graduate School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, Susan spent considerable time photographing and drawing town landmarks as studies for her "Chapel Hill" painting. She also completed other post graduate classes in commercial art and advertising design. Her designs have won numerous awards and are popular with locals and tourists alike.
Susan Wells Vaughn spent over a year taking and gathering photographs and drawing sketches of the numerous historic landmarks depicted in her "Chapel HIll" painting. It took another year or more for her to complete the project. Within the painting are represented many of the town and university's historic buildings, along with a few stories Susan was told about the University-one by her former high school Commercial Art teacher, Harry Blair, who was there during the dedication of Old East as a national Landmark in 1966. Another scene in the painting depicts the protest over women students living in Old East.