Susan grew up in Needham, with both her parents being artists, along with two older sisters.
Susan enrolled in the Boston Museum School, only to eventually find Martha’s Vineyard in the late 1960s as a new bride.
It wasn’t long before she fell for the place, especially the clear, vibrant water. With a lifetime of experience creating art and drawing the human form, the two aspects of form and water came together. The concept remains fascinating to me and the swimmer series continues on.
On the Island she studied with Nancy Furino, who mentored Susan for 10 years. For years she went to the Tuesday morning drawing group at Featherstone, and before that at Tom Maley’s. Having that drawing background is the basis for everything. If you know how to draw, you can do a design on the canvas; you have to exercise that. Life drawing keeps you loose.