Susan studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and returned to study for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2001. In 2000 Susan studied lithography with Stanley Jones MBE at the Curwen Print Study Centre.
Susan worked as Lead Tutor for the Curwen Print Study Centre, an educational charity for 17 years, working with artists and students of all ages, teaching diverse print techniques, providing varied challenges, and a rewarding and valuable experience.
Susan developed the Curwen Print Study Centre ‘Certificate in Printmaking Skills’ and many of the workshops and courses at the Study Centre. Working at the Study Centre gave Susan the opportunity to work with many artists, including Stanley Jones MBE, David Ferry, Chloe Cheese and Penny Brewill. As a consultant Susan developed many printmaking workshops tailored for specific briefs such as the British Museum Revolutions on Paper, John Piper at Blenheim Palace, or the Fry Gallery Edward Bawden exhibition 2015 and many more. Susan is currently delivering printmaking workshops at the ACE Foundation Stapleford Granary, Gainsborough House Sudbury, working on the Cambridge Original Biennale, running workshops from her studio and developing her own work.
Residencies include the Perse School for Girls, Cambridge, Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, Abbotts Hill College, High Wycombe. In July 2005 Susan helped devise and run a month long program of Workshops in the Kettles Yard Gallery and education room, Cambridge University, to support their print exhibition, and has run workshops regularly in the education room. In March 2008 Susan gave a Teacher Training workshop in the British Museum, helping teachers to interpret the museum collection through print, and get the most from a Museum visit for their students. Other workshops include John Piper at Blenheim Palace. The Zoology Museum, Cambridge University, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University. The Fry Gallery Saffron Walden 2015, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge University 2015.
In 2013 Susan, Jo Tunmer, and Anthony Hopkinson came together as Founder Organisers of the Cambridge Original Printmakers 2014. An event designed to promote and further the understanding of handmade original print to a wider audience, showcasing printmakers within the Cambridge region. In 2015 they were joined by Kate Heiss and Tracey Ashman to deliver the hugely successful Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2016.