(Doc)Susan puts her whole self into everything she does. Spontaneity, challenge, hard work, and charm drive a healthy renaissance spirit that prompts painting, writing, and therapy/coaching enriched by passion, purpose, and attention to detail.
After leaving Europe for North America in the 1980s, Susan's work included assignments at Expo ’86, TVOntario, Toronto District School Board, Toronto French School, University of Toronto, Vermont College, Union Institute, Toronto Hospital, and Canyon Ranch. Her PhD (1996) in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology, Sociology, Arts Therapies, and Health and Health Care) focused on Integrating the Arts in Psychotherapy. Later, her love of Fine Arts practice led to graduation from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006). An invitation to represent Canada at the 2007 Florence Biennale soon followed, as well as year-long preparation for the painting installation, "Buon Appetito!" In 2008, Susan exhibited at two more international art fairs: Toronto Art Expo (March), and the Artist Project, Chicago (April).
Much of Susan's artwork adorns Greater Boston's community service and nonprofit organizations. Since 2006, multiple pieces have been chosen for donation to several dozen of them. As well as being a dedicated Art Connection volunteer, Susan was their first international board member. A 2009/10 fellow of Greater Boston's Arts and Business Council’s Artist Toolbox Program and original Artaic featured artist, she was a guest exhibitor at SOWA First Fridays and South End Open Studios during 2010.
In Canada, in 2010, the Portrait Society of Canada’s show, "Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art," followed Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games' festivities. Nathalie Lambert, Chef de Mission of the Canadian team and Alex Baumann, one of Canada’s best known Olympians and leader of the Own the Podium initiative, were Susan’s Olympic portrait subjects. In 2011, Susan was juried into Eccentricities: Scarborough Arts' 26th Annual Exhibition. She also participated in Art Battle To. In 2012, she kicked off the year with a solo exhibit at Dynamic Funds' head office in Toronto.
2012/13, Susan's focus was on skills development. As a Prince's (now Royal) Drawing School student, she was privilged to be able to paint at Kensington Palace Studios prior to their Summer 2013 closure. Susan's Kensington Gardens Round Pond Series was inspired by time enjoyed in the surrounding area (2012/15) project. Some completed works from Part 1 (oil on birch) were featured at the Toronto Heliconian Club's fall 2014 New Members' Show. For the final quarter of 2014, a couple of pieces of Susan's older food art were selected for a Massachusetts museum's group show (Danforth Art's "Creative Connections").
In 2015, Susan took an unintended break from art-making, only dabbling since. Through 2016, her focus has been on developing creative ways to help manage change and relieve stress. As outcome, her coaching has evolved from "Word-Crafting" (for personal or professional application) to "Mind Facials" (to cleanse, nourish, and polish). Volunteer-wise, after diligent training with Puppy Sweet, a "pet therapy vocation" has been realized, and this "Team of two" approved by Therapeutic Paws of Canada.
In 2017, apart from assisting CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) in other ways, and donating artwork for adornment of their groundbreaking Toronto Community Hub, Susan and Sweet will be on "pet therapy duty" there.
Susan loves animals, and is a conscientious dog-mother. Poodle Pal companions, Lev (of blessed memory, at nearly 18), Sage (of blessed memory, at nearly 17), and "newer addition,” two-year-old Puppy Sweet, have been, and are, vital to all aspects of her work and day.