Susan's love for creating art started very young. As an adult, her mother gave her a tattered old scrapbook filled with her drawings on everything she could find—scraps of paper, the back of grocery lists, and even matchbooks! Many of them dated back to the age of three. At that age, she was already showing an interest in cast shadows on all her drawn figures.
She put down her pencils for many years while working in various financial institutions and banks. It wasn’t until she was in her mid-thirties and a single mother that she decided to take the plunge and enroll in the School of Design and Visual Arts at Georgian College. It was during the three-year program that her creative curiosity to learn all she could about art was really awakened.
After graduating from Georgian, she decided to further her education with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. This was followed by a one-year program in Art Therapy. It was an intensive year of self-reflection and ultimately she realized that what she really wanted to do was paint and create art.
She has attended many workshops including Haliburton School of the Arts for several summer sessions. Her art has been juried into shows in Toronto, Orillia, Sudbury, and most recently Tides Contemporary Gallery, Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Her choice of media has changed over the years, from pastel to acrylic on canvas and birch panels. As a former member of the Pastel Artists of Canada (PAC), she attended many workshops, conferences, and plein-air sessions in beautiful New Mexico. Her palette often reflects her love of the warm sienna and turquoise found there.
Her recent works have items attached to the canvas to create interest, texture, and dimension. Torn paper collage is also finding its way into her newest paintings because she loves exploring new ways to start a conversation visually.
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