Susanne Reece is a Texan-New Yorker, painter, printmaker, and writer. Raised in Texas, Susanne had already decided two things by the time she was 4 years old—that she wanted to be an artist and that she wanted to live in New York City.
It was a long, circuitous route, but eventually, she accomplished both. Before settling in New York, Susanne spent approximately one million years in graduate school, studying art history, specializing in Ancient Greek and Roman, and Medieval art. She left the ivory tower for Madison Avenue in order to stay in New York and has worked as an advertising copywriter for the past decade. During this time, she has also studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She went freelance 3 years ago to focus on making art.
Susanne works primarily on paper in watercolor and gouache, sometimes incorporating elements of collage. She also makes silkscreen, linocut and woodblock prints, as well as hand-bound and printed artist books. Her current work explores issues of self-representation, narrative, and the absurd. She is also interested in color and in themes and images drawn from ancient and medieval art history and folklore traditions.
After having lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Astoria, Queens, for 15 years, Susanne recently moved to the Brewster, New York, area. She lives there with her boyfriend and their cat, Valentine.