I was born in the beautiful English countryside village of North Walsham near Cambridge and spent the early years of my life traveling extensively in Europe staying for periods of time in Sweden, Spain, France and eventually moving permanently to the US in 1991.
An artist since birth (well that's how it seems!), art has been my passion and the great calling for my life. I attended the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design in the UK. Originally my studies were for a degree in printmaking & typography, but later I returned to school and obtained credentials in teaching and illustration.
• Commercial photographer & photographic studio management.
• Teacher of figure drawing at Norfolk Institute of Art and Design.
• Illustrator & fine artist for Papyrus, commissioned portraits.
• Private Tutor in Fine Art
Arriving in the US, Graphic Design Illustration became the foundation for my business Pommegraphis which provided both fine art and commercial illustration services. My commercial clients included:
United Airlines, Broderbund, Tsunami, Paramount Studios, Discovery Channel, Andersons, Cisco Systems, Seagate, Papyrus plus two major childrens' book projects.
Working as an illustrator for Papyrus (the public outlet for Schurman Designs, the San Francisco based greeting card company), I published a range of popular greeting cards for international distribution and also a successful journal and address book.
Over the years, I have also developed an extensive clientele for large scale painting of mural art and commissioned oil paintings on gilded panels, in luxury residential and commercial settings.
Most recently, I have really enjoyed building several successful figurative and still life drawing classes through the Santa Cruz Art League, and teach many private classes at my studio in Santa Cruz.
"I came to Susie's "Still Life" class a few years ago, with zero confidence, no experience and a big hunger to learn, and I fell in love. My relationships with drawing went through ups and downs, but ultimately I was hooked!! more like addicted... The main reason was Susie, she made me feel welcome, encouraged me to no end and instilled confidence where my 5th grade teacher had slashed it away in the past. Susie then lured me into "Figure Drawing " (super scary) and my addiction grew, and so did my observation skills, my attention to subtle details, angles, shadows, body in space. Susie is absolutely gifted in seeing where I am and helping me to see. She lets me see exactly what feels "off", but that isn't clear to my struggling brain. I look forward to every Class, and I love being in the fertile environment that Susie creates. It's been an amazing journey."
"Almost two years ago I was entranced by a beautiful pastel still life by Susie Wilson, an artist unknown to me. I decided to take a chance and enrolled in the still life class she offered through the Santa Cruz Art League. I was not disappointed. Through several still life drawing classes and, eventually, figure drawing classes with her I find my drawing skills improving. Looking and seeing are two distinct processes. Susie has the uncommon ability to help students understand the difference and gain the skills to interpret on paper what is seen. She loves teaching and seems to gain as much energy from sharing her love of art with her students as we do from learning from her. It is not often an accomplished artist and dedicated teacher are found in the same person. Susie Wilson is that person and I look forward to many more classes under her patient guidance."
"For several years, I have been a figure drawing student of Susie Wilson at the Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, California. My ability to draw the figure has improved greatly over this time. During class, she spends time individually with each student and offers assistance and a review his/her drawings. She is very knowledgeable and is able to convey her knowledge, assistance and criticism in an encouraging manner. She is a wonderful teacher."