Susan is a professor emerita from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where she taught analog photography for 37 years. In addition to all camera and film formats, she taught alternative and historical photographic processes; to include polaroid transfers, platinum/palladium, cyanotypes, dry tintypes and hand-coloring B&W photographs.

Her work has been included in over 100 national & international juried and invitational group exhibits and 28 solo exhibits across the United States. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in photography. She is the recipient of two fellowship at the Hambidge Center Artist Residency, one fellowship at the Penland School of Craft and two residencies at A.I.R. Studio Paducah.

Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2019, Susan continues to have an active studio practice and exhibition record of juried, invitational and solo exhibitions. For the past 12 years, her personal work has included the wet plate collodion process, producing tintypes, ambrotypes, darkroom enlargements from glass negatives and she continues to experiment with a variety of ways of integrating the 19th century collodion process with 21st century digital technology.

Susan currently teaches both on-lime photography classes (Light Catchers 1 & 2) and in-person workshops in cyanotypes on paper and fabric and hand-coloring both gelatin silver and digital black & white photographs. Susan is scheduled to teach a workshop, “Hand-Coloring Black & White Photographs” at the Penland School of Craft in August 2022.