About Susan Shea
I grew up in a small farming community in southeastern Washington with a passion for animals and art. After graduating from Dayton High School in 1966, I attended Washington State University majoring in Fine Art. My love of animals prevailed. For the next 15 years, I pursued a career in the animal welfare field.
While managing an arts and craft store in the late 1980's, I began to pursue my art in earnest. I have received various awards with my equine art including the Washington Thoroughbred show in Seattle and the American Academy of Equine Aritist's juried show in Lexington, Kentucky.
When my daughter graduated from college, I decided it was time for me to return to college for my BFA degree. The internationally know Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California accept my application and I graduated (1996) with a BFA in Illustration and Design with Honors. While in California, I was commissioned to create a series of 6 Wildlife illustrations for promotion mirrors for Coors.
Returning to the northwest, I did freelance graphic and web work for a number of companies. From 1999 to 2007, I worked for Promotion Products Inc., Exhibit Design as a wildlife illustrator to paint a variety of animals, plants and murals for US Fish and Wildlife interpretive centers. Due to the recession, PPI closed its doors. I decided to open my own home studio so I can pursue painting the animals I love the most!