Susan pursued a Fine Arts major at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received degrees in both fine art, (drawing and painting), and graphic design. She spent more than 15 years in design and illustration, but her true dream was to produce her own work. In 2010 Susan left the design field to dedicate herself solely to fine art painting.
Growing up riding horses, hunting and fishing with her father, working in her parents orchard are the experiences she draws upon when she paints. To paint often “en plein air” and also the figure from life are what helps to enliven and inform artwork. To capture a scene or people just being themselves is the inspiration that drives her work.