Susan’s move to New York City was a good decision. She found success early in her career as an Art Director working on such campaigns as “Danskin’s are not just for Dancing”, “When your own initials are enough, Bottega Veneta”, and What becomes a Legend Most, Blackglama”. Jane Trahey, who was the first woman to own her own advertising agency, was her mentor and the two created great campaigns for Famolare Shoes, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Adrien Arpel. Susan won awards for “Footloose and Famolare” and was featured in Art Directors Magazine. All this before turning 30.
Other mentors at that time were the great photographers Richard Avedon and Saul Leiter. Working closely with both of them heightened her sense of composition and helped her understand the importance of a unique vision. During this time Susan studied photography at School of Visual Arts. This further honed her skill of composition.
In the mid-eighties Susan decided to make the move to South Florida. She started a new business and landed her first fashion account in Miami. Lillie Rubin had stores in 86 shopping malls across the country and Susan produced fashion catalogs for them over the next 10 years. She also created catalogs for Swim ’n Sport, also located in Miami. By the mid nineties it was time to reinvent herself again. The internet was a new medium and she was an early adopter. She made the move from print design to web design and never looked back.
During her time in the commercial world of advertising and design, Susan continued to paint in the evenings and on weekends. Her work in the early years was a continuation of her work while at PCA, flat color figurative work and stitched together canvases. She did not pursue a career as a painter at that time. Her artwork took her away from the commercial work of her 9 to 5 life and the fear of bringing her artwork into a commercial realm frightened her. As her work matured she began to think that her true purpose all along was to be a fine artist.
She increased her art production time and started entering local exhibitions in Broward County, Florida. Early works exhibited were mirror-image florals and aquatic art inspired by her husbands underwater video experiences. As her work