Susan resides in the Ottawa Valley, nestled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Park where she is frequently visited by deer, owls, wolves and black bear on her acreage.
Susan Fraser was born and educated in the United States, where she worked at private greenhouses, botanical gardens and microbiology labs. Upon graduating she worked at the microbiology lab at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Later she shook off the sterile laboratory to hitch-hike around Europe touring galleries, museums and churches and hiking in the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps. Her art career began during the five years she lived in German. When she immigrated to Canada she painted commission work based on the abundant migratory waterfowl of the Ontario flyways. A year on Vancouver Island afforded opportunities to paint Orcas and to experience the west coast art scene.
Susan’s charcoal and pastel drawings are a result of life long study of nature and photography which capture the landscape and animals in their natural state. The most intimate poses are captured without awareness of a human presence. Susan hikes her own trails year round and Algonquin Park trails every year.
The Giclée (pronounced ‘jee-clay’) prints are archival. The original images have been digitally printed onto Concord Fine Art Rag paper made from 100% cotton which is pH neutral and meets Archival Standards or on cotton canvas with permanent inks. Susan titles and signs each print before framing it. Her artwork has also been printed on a line of clothing and home décor at VIDA and at Drawn To It.