Susan has called Medford home for more than three decades, having grown up on Long Island (NY) and lived in Poughkeepsie, New York City, and San Diego, plus a brief stint in Watertown MA. She’s always loved making things and was considered “crafty” as a kid, but was simply awful at drawing and almost flunked art in seventh grade. (Can you even DO that?) Thinking she wasn’t cut out to be an artist, Susan found mosaics in about 2006, following on the heels of graphic design, watercolor, pastels, wheel-thrown pottery, quilting, and jewelry design. She also has a master’s degree in environmental policy from Tufts and specialized in environmental communications for government and nonprofit organizations.
Susan also serves on the board of ArtsMedford, the planning team for MARV the Medford Arts Resource Vehicle, and Arts Collaborative Medford. In her spare time she manages an academic journal called Global Environmental Politics.
Susan makes mosaics and other things, especially from discarded materials, that express the world as she sees it, wants to see it, or wants others to see it. She loves colors and building things, and likes her art to serve a function. She’s an instinctive recycler, incorporating discarded and used materials into her work whenever possible: wood from construction projects, pots and pans, broken pottery, keys and hardware, discarded furniture, bottle caps, rocks, seashells, and once-loved toys. She makes wall hangings, free-standing sculptures, stepping stones and garden ornaments, and jewelry.