Long Valley Lilacs
has dedicated her life to art, through her work as a gallery owner and as co-founder of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts. And in the past 40 years of collecting and selling fine art, she has quietly been taking notes behind the scenes as she honed her own painting skills. Born with natural talents for color and design, Susan takes inspiration from the landscape surrounding her Mt. Carmel home, focusing on the many sublime details that occur in nature. She is passionate about flowers and animals, and loves to paint these subjects, as well as taking time to occasionally paint a commissioned portrait of a child or a cherished pet.
In recent years she has received training from artists including Charles Muench, Bonnie Posselli, Ray Roberts, and G. Russell Case.