About Susan


When her young son, Michael, then 10 years old, asked Susan to “hide” a special name/message in a painting she was making for his room, she happily did so. Michael was delighted with the result and, thereafter, she and her son had a “secret” in that art work that only the most curious and analytical of viewers could discover. (This was great fun!) Recalling this piece, when Susan wanted something very special to commemorate and celebrate a significant wedding anniversary with her husband, she returned to concealing images and words in a painting for the occasion.

It occurred to her that others would also enjoy a personalized painting, with symbols, dates and images of particular significance to them, “hidden” in the art work, to celebrate/commemorate significant events. (And executed in the color palette of their choosing.) Thus, “Seek Art” was born to provide the ideal gift for special occasions, e.g, for the college graduate, the bride and groom, a new baby (for baby’s room), anniversaries, birthdays, etc. … And upon delivery, the recipient has the pleasure of discovering the meaningful, special images/messages concealed within the painting.

IMG_9524-smSusan taught art and music to elementary and junior high school students upon graduation from the University of Pittsburgh. During this time, Susan worked primarily in watercolors. (Much later, Susan also taught art at Holz Elementary School in Charleston, West Virginia.)

After working for several years, Susan studied law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, obtaining her J.D. in 1990. Susan practiced law in Charleston, West Virginia at Steptoe and Johnson, P.L.L.C. She subsequently clerked for the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Board of Review while raising her two young sons. Susan is presently an Administrative Law Judge for the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board.

When time permitted, returning to painting was inevitable, but Susan began working in acrylics and oils, finding these mediums to be more “forgiving” and freeing then watercolors. Her joy in painting was fostered by studying with oil painter and accomplished portrait artist, Mr. Arthur Evans.

Susan also enjoys philanthropic work, and his served on the Boards of The Greater Valley Kanawha Foundation and College Summit West Virginia, and regularly donates her paintings to non-profits to assist in their fund-raising efforts. (See “Seek Art” piece recently auctioned by the Charleston YWCA in the “Gallery.”) In addition, her paintings have been exhibited at Art Walk in Charleston, WV.

Artist Statement:
Everyone craves a creative outlet, and painting provides me with that outlet. Time slips by in the most wonderful way when I am painting and allows me to “be fully in the moment.”

If interested in a commissioned painting: susan@seekart.gallery