Susan is the current President of the Florida Sculptors Guild and enjoys immensely working with the members and the community to promote “all things sculptural.” With a MA in Art Therapy, she has worked in private and community-based programs in both Mental Health and Finance. Because of requirements for this degree, she was classically trained in art. As a painter, her work is held in public and private collections; but as a sculptor, she feels she is still “emerging”. Based on her life experiences, she has developed a method of fusing humble, everyday plastic into unexpected art. This “fused plastic” appears by itself and in a mixed media approach. But Susan feels that the most important aspect of her art is “storytelling”. Each work of art invites the viewer to discover the story for themselves.
Susan has won both First Place and People’s Choice Awards in Casselberry’s IlluminArt, 2019, for her recycled Fused Plastic “Jellies 2.0”.
Also in 2019, she won one of seven Bulls, in Ponce de Leon Herd of 7, a Statewide competition celebrating 500 years of cattle history in Florida. “The Bull Called Everglades” was revealed in Kissimmee, October 2019, where Susan was interviewed by Channel 9. “Everglades” currently resides at his Owners Ranch, Dick and Bridgette Blaudow, in Hillard, Florida. This Spring, in Wekiva Life Magazine, there was an article on Susan and her Bull. “Everglades” and his brothers will actually debut in 2021, at our State Capitol in Tallahassee. This Bull will then take up permanent residence at the James Monroe Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, so that future generations will know his “story”.
Susan was also part of a PBS’s “Artisodes” Episode, filmed at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden. Her artwork has received other awards throughout her career, as well as being presented in calendars and publications.