(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 followed, as well as a year of painting, in lead, to produce the installation "Buon Appetito!" In 2008, Susan exhibited at two other 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 dozens of facilities. As well as being a dedicated Art Connection volunteer, Susan was their first international board member. In 2017, Susan was approached by CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), and decided to spread her passion for donating artwork to Canada. Their new groundbreaking Toronto Community Hub is, now, adorned by sixteen of her works.
A 2009/10 fellow of Greater Boston's Arts and Business Council’s Artist Toolbox Program and original Artaic featured artist, Susan was a guest exhibitor at SOWA First Fridays as well as South End Open Studios in 2010. Also in 2010, she was in the Portrait Society of Canada’s Toronto show, "Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art," which 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. Then, in 2012, she kicked off the year with a solo exhibit at Dynamic Funds' head office in Toronto.
2012/13, Susan's focus shifted to 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). 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, and has only dabbled since. Through 2016, her focus was on developing creative protocols for managing change and relieving stress. Tools added to her kit included "Word-Crafting" (for personal or professional application) and "Mind Facials" (to help cleanse, nourish, and polish).
Volunteer-wise, after diligent training with Puppy Sweet, a "pet therapy vocation" was realized. In 2016, this "team of two" was credentialed by Therapeutic Paws of Canada. Then, in 2017, Sweet achieved the Canine Good Neighbour designation and their volunteer work at Toronto's UHN (University Health Network) began.
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.