Susan has earned an AAS Degree in Elementary Education, a BA in Painting & Drawing from Brigham Young University, and the Nature Illustration Certificate from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Art Institute.  She has a long history (dating back to 1997) of teaching art and being a guest presenter in classes and workshops with elementary school children, teens at summer camps, an annual color workshop with landscape architect students at BYU, a guest juror, and teaching watercolor workshops for adults across the West.  More recently she has regularly taught active seniors at Green Valley Recreation since 2009, and has been full time faculty at the ASDM-Art Institute since 2010.  She has also annually worked with several classes of 3rd and 6th graders of a local school district since 2012, teaching units in Nature Drawing, preparing all the third grade classes for their field trips, and teaching an introductory unit on Botanical Illustration to all the sixth grade classes.

     Susan is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and is a Saguaro Fellow of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.  She is also an Associate Member of the Artists for Conservation and an Active Juried member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.

     She has a long history of participating in exhibits and has won numerous awards.  Her art has hung in many galleries, museums and is in private collections across the Western U.S.

Support for Conservation: 

I think my greatest contribution to conservation is opening other's eyes to see our wonderful world.  Art is powerful, but so is education.  Not every artist can teach, but I can.  It’s a different set of skills.  I have found it very rewarding teaching people to see, study, and examine things in a whole new way as they explore and render their subject.  I believe it has a far stronger impact on them than just looking at a painting.  Yet even viewing art can carry a subliminal message that “if this was important enough to take the time to create it, it must have some special worth”.  Art has a powerful voice and creating art changes people.

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