Susan Cooper does not remember a time when making art was not part of her life. Whatever its form, the art studio has always been her happy place.
At university, Susan studied art history and technique and later became an elementary art teacher. Here, she found she could integrate art with language instruction, helping kids create storyboards to improve reading comprehension.
After leaving teaching, Susan continued for several years as a professional artist, specializing in pen and ink watercolor wash. When she moved to California, however, a new career and lack of available studio space limited her ability to create. For the first time ever, creating art took a backseat to other demands.
Happily, she eventually discovered a digital art platform on her iPad and started to create a few digital art images for fun. This was art that did not require the space of more traditional mediums – and a new creative outlet was born! Over the years, she has honed her skills as a digital artist and thinks of her iPad as her portable studio.
Susan currently sells her art online and at regional art shows. She is also working on a large-format book project based on her series of fantasy Gnome portraits.