Susan, a life-long Gaylordsville residents, began studying with her neighbor, impressionist master Bernard Lennon in 1964. She continued to paint with him until his death in `1992 and still works in his studio. She considers her work to be an exploration of the relationship of man to nature: a visual diar y in which each piece represents a specific time and place as perceived by the artist. She works primarily, though not exclusively, on location and has painted extensively in this country and in France and Italy.
Susan exhibits mainly in outdoor shows. Among her awards are: Best in Show in Mystic and New Milford; First Prize in Oils in Mystic, New Milford and the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York; First Prize in Watercolor in Newport and an Honorable Mention in the Connecticut Pastel Society's Invitational Show. Other awards include Best Landscape (Washington Square) and the Brackman Award for Figure and Portraiture (Mystic).
She demonstrated and lectured at several schools and organizations, including the North Shore Art League of Long Island and the Kent Memorial Library, New Milford Historical Society and Gallery 25, all of Connecticut. She has also demonstrated on videotape for the benefit of students and others interested in a straightforward approach to painting landscapes, still life and the figure. She is a New York City and a past Member of the Kent Art Association and the Lyme Art Association, both of Connecticut.
Two of her painting accompany the poems of Neil Silberblatt in his recent book of verse "Present Tense."
Her work is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe, Japan and Australia and is gaining popularity in France and China.