An award-winning artist, Susan creates bold and expressive paintings with acrylic and mixed media. The energy of nature is explored in her paintings of birds, flowers and landscapes. Exploring the outdoors and taking photos of nature and structure are used as inspiration. Composition and a loose impressionistic style are important to help bring life to the subjects, and depth and movement into her work. This translation brings together all the elements into a composition that is a pure expression of herself. Susan attended the Academy of Art, in San Francisco after high school and continued taking workshops to further her interest in painting, drawing, stained glass and mosaic. A professional career of over 25 years as a graphic designer, helps composition and color stand out in her art. In the last few years, she has had time to concentrate on painting and realized how much joy the process of creating art brings.
Susan’s native American totem poles paintings were inspired by a cruise through the Alaska inland passage, representative of those at the Saxman Native Village, known for having the world’s largest collection of standing Totems.