Susan's paintings are meant to communicate a unique sense of place through the bold use of color and light.
Her travels, both in the United States and abroad, provide the subject matter for most of her paintings. This allows Susan to mentally re-visit each location and express its special qualities.
Susan's oil paintings are primarily done with palette knife to create texture and layers of color. The acrylic paintings might include playful elements such as luminous paint and surprises of texture. Lastly, her collages represent a blending of paint, handmade paper, shells and other found objects, and are often whimsical in nature.
Art has been a passion since childhood. Susan studied in Illinois at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Suburban Fine Arts Center, and at Roosevelt University.
While pursuing a business career, her painting was put "'on hold," but the desire was always there.
Upon retirement to Florida, Susan continued her art studies with prestigious artists at the Charlotte County Art Guild, the Lee County Alliance of Art, and at workshops in France, Italy, Maine, and throughout the United States.
Susan has a strong desire to give back to the community by supporting the arts and other worthy causes. She is a Trustee on the Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust Board and heads their Development Committee. She is also Director of Marketing for Sea Grape Gallery.