Susie took up art after she retired from teaching sixth grade English/history 13 years ago. She started in watercolor, but has branched into drawing, oils, pastels, collage, and acrylics. She and her husband, Larry, created the art center Town Hall Arts in Copperopolis where she has enjoyed classes by many foothill artists over the last six years. From pastel classes to mosaics, she is always eager to learn something new. She also teaches art and sells many of her photographs at Town Hall Arts.
Honors include awards at Delicato Vineyard Show (including 1st place 2015 & 2016); the Mother Lode Art Show (including 1st place 2013, 2nd 2015); Valley Arts Show (including 1st 2013, 2nd 2015); Oak Valley Art Show Best of Show Photography 2014 & 2015, People's Choice Award 2015, and six 1st place art awards 2015; Calaveras County Fair (including 8 best of division and 26 first place awards in last give years); Mother Lode Fair (2014 Best of Show, two best of divisions, five 1st places); and Oakdale Show 2013 (1st).
Susie's oil painting, "Simple Things", was on the cover of the September KVIE "OnSix" program guide to promote the 2015 auction on public television. Her watercolor portrait of Glenn Wasson as Black Bart appears in his recently published book, "Too Much to Swallow". Her photograph, "On Your Mark", division Winner from the Calaveras County Fain, was published in Mark Twain's 88 Days in the Mother Lode & Stories of the Gold Rush.
"Fifty Pounds of Love", a portrait of her Chocolate Lab pup, was featured in the window at Mistlin Gallery in Modesto as part of the Central California Art Showcase 2015. Two of her watercolors were published in Sierra Wonders, a book of visual and literary works honoring the Sierra Nevada. Two additional watercolors were published in Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate, a Taste of Literary Elegance. Her graphite portrait, "I Hope You Dance", appeared on the 2012 program cover of the Ironstone Spring Obsession Show. Her art has been bell ringers at the KVIE auction, 2014-2015.
Susie's artwork is displayed at Galerie Copper, Copper Cellars, Roaster's Coffee House, and Saddle Creek resort in Copperopolis; Frog's Tooth Winery in Murphys; Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp, Calaveras Arts Council in San Andreas; various venues in Sonora including Stage 3, Sierra Cellars in Twain Harte, the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto, and the Rabbask Gallery in Loveland, Colorado. She is currently Venue Director for the Mother Lode Art Association.