Susan is retired and lives 30 miles south of the
Mighty Mackinac Bridge. She has lived in Michigan her whole life and
graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Education. Her career was spent in and around the Detroit
area in Oakland County. teaching Elementary School for five years.
Then ventured into car sales as one of the first car saleswoman in
the Detroit area, selling Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles and GMC Trucks.
Next, she returned to Business School at Oakland University and
became an Account Executive for AT&T and ADP, all this while raising
The only art Susan studied while obtaining her degree, was "Methods
of Teaching Art to Elementary Students" but an interest in painting
was sparked. The fire did not get ignited until she retired to an
artistic community called Harbor Springs, and found many capable
artists willing to help her get started. Her first instructor was
James Kosolosky, who specializes in palette knife painting using
oil. While attending his classes at the Charlevoix Art Center in
Charlevoix, MI, Susan met many talented artists and teachers and
loved the camaraderie of fellow painters The sharing of tips and
techniques in a group setting is so necessary in improving your
From these associations, Susan discovered the Circle of Arts Center
in Petoskey, MI. This art center has galleries filled with a
variety of art exhibits throughout the year, and their annual show
includes Juried Fine Art. In 2012, two of Susan's paintings were
selected for the annual DíArt for Art fundraiser and her work
appeared in the brochure and news articles advertising the show.
Susan has taken weekly classes from art instructor, Dawn Caine in
Boyne City, MI., a very artistic friendly community, with art fairs
and a special area of the city, dedicated to painters. The gallery
name is Soho of Boyne City, and several of Susanís paintings have
been shown there. Dawn did a program in class, introducing Daniel
Edmundsonís CDís and web sight to us. Susan is now enrolled in the
Art Masters Program and has received many great tips. For example
the suggestion to try Rosemary & Co. Artistic Brushes, and using
Walnut Oil as a medium.
Through Circle of Arts in Petoskey, Michigan, Susan started portrait
painting classes with a famous art instructor name Larry Blovits.
He now is living in Grand Rapids, MI, but spent most of his career
as a PHD and Dean of the Art School at Wayne State University. His
instruction is thought provoking and inspiring. I have enjoyed his
Living in Northern Michigan you get four beautiful seasons to
photograph and paint. Susan has worked with all four seasons, but
her favorite is winter. You will find snow scenes aplenty amongst
her work. Winter of 2012-2013 was never-ending so there were
beautiful snow scenes to choose from, the tree branches sparkled
and twinkled with diamonds of picturesque layers of drifts and
cradles of the white frozen crystals. So much so that once in a
while glitter was applied to the snow in her paintings to emphasize
its star-glinting qualities.
Susan prefers an abstract style. Since she started with a Palette
knife before she used a brush, the techniques of both are often
combined for great fun in the studio.