To go in the dark with a light is to know the light
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings
And is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.’
- Wendel Berry
Being an artist during these times is a matter of survival and an act of resistance in a failing world. It is a search for meaning, hope, and strength through a personal vision and a life lived with love, passion, and the search for a "State of Grace".
Trained as a painter, Suzanne studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She was a two-time winner of the prestigious William Paige and Kate Morse Traveling Fellowships, awarded by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After receiving the first of these awards, she spent over a year on the road traveling alone, overland, through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Far East. In the 1980’s and 90’s she made extended trips to South America to study birds in the Amazon basin and Central America.
Suzanne has had many solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows over her long career, some of which are listed here: Zoe Gallery in Boston; Cutler/Stavaridis Gallery, Boston; University of Massachusetts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; Art Institute of Boston; Westfield State College, Westfield, MA; Thomas Seal Gallery, Boston, MA; The French Embassy, NY, NY; San Joaquin County Museum, Stockton, CA; and Colby College, Waterville, ME.
In the early 1990’s Suzanne was retained by Michel Roux of Carillon Importers as an ‘Absolut Vodka’ artist and her work has been published and reviewed in USA Today, Connoisseur Magazine, Arts and Antiques, Forbes Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. Her work is also published in the textbook ‘Unique Journey/The Visual Arts’ by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Press.
Suzanne’s work is on permanent display in the Church of St. Denis, Tours, France; Seagram's, NY, NY; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Bank of Boston; and the Nichols Institute, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is represented in numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
“My photographs are everyday observations, simply moments, perhaps, in their own way, revealing the unseen or the layered. I expect a good piece, be it a painting or a photograph, to take on a life of its own and bear up to repeated scrutiny, like a book you want to re-read. In my work I like to see ambiguity, sensuality, lusciousness of surface and texture, and the puzzle of time.”
Suzanne lives on a farm with her husband and five Belgian Shepherds, a herd of sheep, ducks, geese, and chickens. When she’s not painting or doing photography, she is teaching people how to train their herding dogs to work livestock.