A year later she moved to Woodstock, New York in order to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. While living in Woodstock, she taught school in Ulster County and attended the Art Students League, where she studied drawing and painting for a number of years. She left New York and moved to Venice, California where she enrolled in the Fine Arts Graduate Program at California State University, Los Angeles earning a MA in Fine Arts. Upon graduation she devoted herself to painting full time in studios in Venice and later downtown Los Angeles.
She eventually decided to forgo city living and moved to Topanga Canyon, where she met her husband Ral, an architect and nightclub owner. She lived in Topanga Canyon and in Box Canyon both located in in the Santa Monica Mountains, not far from the Pacific Ocean. She continued to paint and enjoy the rural scenery while teaching art for over 25 years in Los Angeles. Susan served as the Art Department Chairperson at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California, before she retired from teaching in June of 2011.
During summer vacations, she and her husband took many trips to Mexico and they eventually fell in love with San Miguel de Allende. Her husband designed their current home with a large art studio and they moved there permanently in July of 2011. San Miguel, a well-known artist´s colony and UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the people and culture of Mexico continues to inspire Susan´s current body of work. She now devotes herself full time to her painting. Susan has exhibited in galleries on both the East and West coasts and was represented by Orlando Gallery in Los Angeles for over 28 years, and by Magenta Gallery, in San Miguel de Allende for 2 years.