Born in Oakland, California, Sue grew up south of San Francisco spending most of her time riding horses, competing in dressage and hunter and jumper competitions. Years of being around horses, gave her an invaluable knowledge of their movement, attitude and personalities.
Sue's other lifelong obsession was creating art. She attended U.C. Davis, where she studied under Wayne Thiebaud and others. Further education included Art Center College of Design and The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where she has been teaching for 11 years. For 25 years Sue painted and drew as an illustrator for clients such as, Disney, Bank of America and Williams Sonoma, Gallo Wines and hundreds of various corporations and publishers nationwide. She has also exhibited at the American Museum of Illustration in New York.
Always a painter, the transition from illustrator to gallery artist was a natural progression in Sue's creative endeavors.