Susanna started her studies at the Banff school of Fine Arts as a young teenager. After finishing high school she had a year of private lessons in Victoria. She moved to London, England and did four years of art school, then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy for another four years, during which she won several awards and a silver medal.
The year before graduating she held her first one-woman show at the Canadian Art Galleries in Calgary, Alberta, and then returned to England to complete the work for her diploma.
The following year she worked with Yoko Ono, assisting her with various art projects and was invited with David Hockney to jury a national art competition. She then moved to California and started a teaching career. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area for three years before returning to Vancouver, and continued teaching in both private and public institutions, including three years on the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at the University of British Columbia.
She became known for her trompe l'oeil paintings and designed the optical illusion room for the Science World museum in Vancouver in 1988.
In 1991 and 92, she lived in France and took part in five shows, group and solo, winning an award in an international competition.
She is widely acclaimed by a large international clientele who have commissioned her to paint their portraits and collected her other works in the USA, England, Scotland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Africa and Australia.
Among the well-known people she has painted are Toni Onley, painter, Vancouver; George Woodcock, author, Vancouver; Stanley Donen, film producer, Los Angeles; Stephen Isserlis, Cellist, London; and was chosen in a nation wide competition, by Her Excellency, Gerda Hnatyshyn, wife of Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn, to paint her portrait for Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1997, she painted and personally delivered to Buckingham Palace a portrait of His Highness, the Prince Edward.
She has exhibited in group shows internationally and in one-woman shows in France, Hong Kong, and Canada. Galleries which have exhibited her work include:
Reproductions of Susanna's paintings are sold all over the world.
Corporate Collections include: