Susan grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, where she majored in Advertising Design & Fashion Illustration. Her 30-year career began as Graphic Designer for a small advertising agency in Stamford, Connecticut and culminated as Marketing Vice President for a transportation company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she managed a creative team.
These working years did not leave much free-time for Susan to focus on creating her own art. Upon retirement and moving to Aiken late in 2005, Susan began to pursue painting on her own. Then in 2008, she attended classes at the Aiken Center for the Arts, working with their many talented instructors. In the fall of 2011, Susan completed the beginning painting class with Professor Al Beyer at USC-Aiken. She is currently attending his advanced painting class. She has also taken workshops and studied with Judy Adamick and Sharon Taylor Padgett.
In the spring of 2013, Susan received an Honorable Mention in the Aiken Artist Guild Member show for her painting, “Room with View”. Since that time she has exhibited in the AAG shows, student art shows at USC-Aiken, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, the Aiken Visitors Center and the McCormick Art Center. In 2015, Susan received the Donna Lynn Gore Fine Art Merit Award at the South Carolina State Fair, for her painting, “Culture Clash”.
Susan became interested in acrylic painting after collaborating on a floral painting with her mother. “My Mom has been my inspiration to pick up the brush and put color on a canvas. Growing up in Connecticut, we were always doing arts and crafts projects. She gave me an appreciation for art and creativity.” In addition to Susan’s mother, who has painted oils and acrylics, her three siblings have also created artwork in watercolor, pen & ink and ceramics.