After graduating from Marymount College with a BA in Art, Susan started her career as an illustrator working for Educational Directions Inc. in Westport CT, a company specializing in educational filmstrips where she illustrated fairy tales and folklore. After Susan moved to Newburyport, MA, she continued working as a freelance illustrator working primarily for book and magazine publishers and also started her career as a fine artist.
In her paintings, she strives to create a feeling of being in the moment, to capture the fleeting light and movement through fluid brushstrokes. She primarily is interested in the local landscape, in themes of dance and movement, portraits, and is lately working on a series of paintings with her kitchen as her inspiration.
Susan currently is a member of the “Newburyport 10” Plein Air Painters, and the Newburyport Art Association. Samples of her work can be seen at www.spellmancollection.com and samples of her illustration work can be found at www.suespellmanstudio.com