Biography of Suzie
Self Portrait 1990 18x24 Dry Pastel on Paper
In 1947, I was born
in Wichita, Kansas. At an early age, I learned to entertain myself because toys and extra money
were scarce. My imagination became my best friend in many respects.
I invented all sorts of games, dramas and scenarios to amuse
As a small child, I remember my first
experience with drawing.
I would peel the tips off of bobby pins and scratch
into the lacquer of the headboard of my twin bed,
small drawings of
stars, cowgirls, dogs and fairy godmothers . My mother was tolerant of my first scratch board
attempts, because she had the
foresight to allow me some creative license. When there was no space left
to etch my tiny figures, she would resand the headboard and lacquer it again.
I owe her much
gratitude for her tolerance.
When I was eight,
my mother enrolled me in a drawing class offered by the Wichita
Museum of Art. She saved extra money so I could attend. I could not wait
for Thursday afternoon, and it was in those sunlit rooms that my creative
When I attended the
University of Kansas, I chose to major in foreign languages - French and
German. I wanted to earn a scholarship to see the great museums of Europe.
That dream became a reality.
It satisfied me for
a while and I graduated with a teaching degree.
In 1969, I married
the month after graduation. Within a short time, I gave birth to three
active sons. It was a busy time, as I was teaching languages during
the day and decorative painting in the evenings. I still yearned to work as
an artist, and returned to school for a degree in Commercial Art from Johnson
County Community College.
After graduation, I worked as a graphic designer for Research Health
Services and free-lanced for Hallmark, Inc. as well as other
We moved to
Columbia, Missouri, where I discovered the graduate program in fine art at
the University. Three years later, there was another move to San
Diego, a climate ripe with painters.
The San Diego Watercolor Society offered workshops with renowned
artists. I discovered Stephen Quiller and Robert Burridge, who remain a key
influences in my work.
summers, I traveled to Taos, New Mexico, where Michele Cassou offered
retreats in process and intuitive painting. My sense of color exploded
and I discovered boldness. The works in Taos were
totally different from my earlier mixed media pieces.
Kansas City is now
my home. My two granddaughters, Caroline and Annabelle offer me playful
inspiration as well as my friends and family.
I feel their love
and support each day, as they encourage me to paint and share my work.
Recently, I studied
with Jill Badonsky, co-founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching. Please
check that button and I will tell you about this exciting new area of my
life and how it can serve you.
As well as private collections across the United
States, and in Argentina, my work has been exhibited at the following
Creative Design Gallery Rancho Bernardo, CA
Par Jewelry Gallery Rancho Bernardo, CA
San Diego Hospice
San Diego, CA
San Diego Watercolor Society San Diego, CA
Poway Center for the Performing Arts Poway, CA
Del Mar Fair Annual Juried Artist Exhibition Del
The Athenaeum La Jolla, CA
Maxim Pharmaceuticals La Jolla, CA
George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Columbia, MO
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
"Art enables us
to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."