Susan's paintings and sculptures explore themes of cultural identity and storytelling. Having studied different cultural aesthetic traditions from around the world, she is attentive to the strong historical, social, and cultural references of certain mediums and techniques. Susan’s work simultaneously references and exploits these elements.
She brings this depth of art historical and cultural knowledge to her work and teaching. Combining art historical information and a rich understanding of the processes, techniques, and histories of the various mediums enhances her teaching and helps you to consider these elements as you conceptually frame your art practice.
Excavating the ideas that inform your work is an important element of Susan’s teaching. She helps you focus on the “why” of your work while you master technical skills. Take advantage of her extensive technical background.
Susan’s insightful suggestions will help you open up new ways of seeing things. As a teacher, she delights in these moments of awakening in her students.
She is eager to help you discover and use the best materials to express your ideas. You will marvel at how easily Susan moves between mediums integrating 2D and 3D elements in her work, and you will find inspiration in how you too can incorporate that agility into your own practice.