She tried the class to see if she had any talent for this three dimensional art form. After three lessons, Susie was hooked! Working with clay made sense to her, and it was fun! She wanted more. She checked out 27 books on sculpture from the library. She read them all. To better understand the evolution of her art form, she studied art history. A summer art program in Italy, where she experienced the architecture, sculpture, frescos, mosaics and paintings of Florence, Venice and all of the small hill towns in Tuscany, fueled her passion.
Susie continued to perfect her technique by attending sculpture workshops around the country, which she does to this day, both as student and teacher. During a memorable workshop in 1997 in Lucca, Italy, conducted by world-renown portrait and figure sculptor Paul Lucchesi, she persuaded the famous artist to hold a workshop in Savannah. This marked the beginning of her ongoing commitment to bring art workshops to Savannah, further enhancing the city’s position as a center for American artists.
Her professional career took hold when she donated her work to charitable auctions. People responded to the sensitivity of her pieces. Her ability to capture the most subtle details of ordinary people doing everyday things defines her work. Her sculptures tell a wordless story, conveying the emotion of a moment in time through facial expression, body language, the movement of the clothing. Commissions began coming in. Look no further than her work to understand why.
In The Garden II, a still-regal, genteel older woman in a shirtwaist dress, belted high in the way of women whose bodies shorten with age, sits in comfortable elegance in a rough-hewn rocker. In Waiting Game, the sultry Lowcountry air surrounds a young woman clothed in a light shift, as she sits languidly on a window ledge, gazing longingly off in the distance. Quiet Time captures a girl reading, relaxed, yet totally engaged in the story, legs tucked under her, unconsciously twirling her hair. The Runner is synchronized motion. Arms, legs, muscle, sinew, hair, clothes are captured in full stride. And, in every detail of his stance in The Minuteman, Capt. John Parker embodies the pride, honor, resolve, and strength of a new nation.