Dream • Play • Create” Is the brand Susan has chosen to define her creative process as an artist. Approaching every day with an open mind and an open heart, Susan gains inspiration from her sleeping and waking dreams and embraces their capacity to connect the physical and metaphysical realms. She believes that the process of creating art connects her with a larger energy and it is through her participation as a conduit for that energy that her art achieves authenticity. During the creative process, Susan is focused on cultivating a sense of play; playing with materials, throwing around new ideas, and engaging in lighthearted conversations with other creative thinkers. As a result of this “open” spirit, her work is not static nor tied to a specific genre, but embodies several “periods” or themes. Susan's interest in Asian brush painting combined with the fluid energy of the enso, also known as the Zen Circle, has led her to explore a non-objective style reflecting the energy of water and nature. Susan received formal training in painting and drawing at Gustavus Adolphus College and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. She presently lives in Buffalo, MN where she enjoys being an active flautist with a special interest in ancient Celtic melodies as well as being an artist and educator.