Susan grew up in a family of artists and started painting and drawing at a very young age. Her father, Phil Steele, was a well established figure artist, illustrator, and teacher. The inspiration for Susan’s figurative works comes from impressions of everyday life, environment and personal experience. The works identify connections, whether they are obvious or subliminal. Her use of vivacious color, movement, and expression all play a role in conveying her image. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and she is happy with that. Susan serves on the Board of the Philip J. Steele Arts Education Foundation.