"Dream • Play • Create” Is the brand Susan has chosen to define her creative process as an artist. Approaching every day with an open mind and an open heart, Susan gains inspiration from her sleeping and waking dreams and embraces their capacity to connect the physical and metaphysical realms. She believes that the process of creating art connects her with a larger energy and it is through her participation as a conduit for that energy that her art achieves authenticity. During the creative process, Susan is focused on cultivating a sense of play; playing with materials, throwing around new ideas, and engaging in lighthearted conversations with other creative thinkers. As a result of this “open” spirit, her work is not static nor tied to a specific genre, but embodies several “periods” or themes. An animal lover, Susan’s current inspiration comes from numerous loving animals that bring joy to her, her friends, and the wider community. These whimsical paintings, rendered with loosely flowing contour lines, are infused with radiant colors selected in response to the animal’s temperament or personality rather than natural colorations. Susan received formal training in painting and drawing at Gustavus Adolphus College and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. She presently lives in Buffalo, MN where she enjoys being an active flautist with a special interest in ancient Celtic melodies as well as being an artist and educator. 


Selected Invitational, Juried and Solo Exhibitions

2017•   Women's Art Institute Alumni Show: St Paul, MN

2017•   Solo Show: Prairie Run, Albertville, MN

2017•   Art Festival: Art-a-Whirl, Minneapolis, MN

2017•   Art Festival: Grand Marais, MN

2017•   Art Festival: Wayzata, MN

2017•   Art Festival: Stockholm, WI

2010-17•  Buffalo Arts Guild Rotating Show. Buffalo, MN

2013-17•   Fall Fine Arts Festival, Mpls, MN

2009-17 •   "Art-a-Whirl" NE Mpls, MN

2016•   Invitational Exhibit: Sumi e Artists of Ming Chiao. St Paul, MN

2016•  Live painting at "Awakenings" concert. Buffalo, MN

2016•  St Paul Art Crawl Festival. St Paul, MN

2016•  ArtStock Festival. Parley Lake Winery, Waconia, MN

2016•  St Cloud Art Crawl Festival. St Cloud, MN

2016•  Art in the Park Festival. Lanesboro, MN

2016•  48 Hour Film Festival. Mpls, MN

2009-17 •   "Art-a-Whirl" NE Mpls, MN

2015•   Juried Exhibit:  "Essential Art" St. Cloud, MN

2015•   Solo Exhibit: Regla de Oro Gallery. Minneapolis, MN

2015•   Juried Exhibit:  Essential Art. St. Cloud, MN

2014•   Solo Exhibit:  Gala del Gato. Buffalo, MN

2014•   Solo Exhibit:  Thrivent Financial. Buffalo, MN

2013•   Group Show: Allina Hospital. Buffalo, MN

2013•   Invitational Group Sculpture Installation. Buffalo, MN

2012•   Performance: “Spirit and Creativity,”  Artist and Musician- Buffalo Methodist Church. Buffalo, MN

2012•   24 Hour Film Festival Team Member; Zero Cool- Set Designer

2012•   Independent Film Project: “Menages,”  -Site Coordinator.  Produced by Edith Tonou

2012•   Invitational Exhibit: Art Institutes International. Mpls, MN

2011•   Corporate Art Force: Gustavus Adolphus College Alumni Art Project. Mpls, MN

2011•   Juried Exhibit. Arts in Harmony. Elk River, MN

2010•   Solo Exhibit. Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. Mpls, MN

2010•   Solo Exhibit.  The Independent. Mpls, MN

2010•   Group Exhibit. Women and Water Mail Art Exhibition. University of MN, Mpls, MN

2010•   Group Exhibit. MIA Foot in the Door. Mpls, MN

2009•   Juried Exhibit. Arts in Harmony. Elk River, MN

2008•   Juried Exhibit. Flora and Fauna. St. Cloud, MN

2008•   Invitational Exhibit. Venus Rediscovered. Water and Oil Gallery. St. Paul, MN

Grants and Awards

2016•  Award of Excellence: Art in the Park Festival. Lanesboro, MN

2015•  Award: Career Development Grant. Central MN Arts Board/McKnight Foundation

2011• Individual Artist Award. Central MN Arts Board; funded by The McKnight Foundation

1990-present •  Written, received and facilitated over 25 grant requests for public school art enrichment projects in Elk River, Buffalo and Rockford, MN.

2004•  Individual Artist Award. Central MN Arts Board; funded by The McKnight Foundation. 


•   Lanesboro Arts. Lanesboro, MN.

•   Buffalo Arts Guild Gallery. Buffalo, MN.

•   Fine Art America online gallery: susan-davies.fineartamerica.com.                                                                                  

Professional Experience/Collaborations/Academic Assignment

2013-present •  Art teacher. Elk River Schools, MN ISD 728

2013-14 • Facilitator: “Open Draw” with “Open Streets, Buffalo.” Buffalo, MN

2013 • Guest lecturer: “Shut Up and Paint!” Buffalo Arts Guild. Buffalo, MN

2007-16 • Art Instructor: Suzuki Institutes. “”See the Music; Visualizing Melody and Sound Through Drawing and Painting,” MacPhail School of Music in Mpls, SEMSA in Rochester, MN and Lake Sylvia Flute Institute, Annandale, MN 

2006 • Artist/collaborator: “The Labor Room.” Three days of individual and group art-making with local artists andmembers of the community. Sponsored by the Center for Independent Artists. Mpls, MN


2014 and 2017 Sumi e workshop with Yuming Zhu

2004 Women’s Art Institute, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Mpls, MN.    

1995 MA Degree. Curriculum design with emphasis in creativity. St. Mary’s University, MN.

1982 BA Degree. Art and education. Gustavus Adolphus College. St. Peter, MN.

1981 Painting and art history courses.  Temple University in Rome, Italy.


Buffalo Arts Guild

St Paul Arts Collective

North East Minneapolis Artist Association            

Minnesota Ming Chiao Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America

Upper Midwest Flute Association

Education Minnesota and National Education Association


Wright County Journal Press, June 29, 2013

Staff Happenings ISD 728, Aug. 23, 2013                            Elk River Star News, Sept 22, 2004

Delano Herald Journal, May 23, 2011                                        Pulse Magazine, April 16, 2004

Elk River Star News, April 2010                                      MPR “Word of Mouth”, Feb., 2002

Women’s Press Dec. 2010                                                    Elk River Eddy, Nov-Dec 2002

St Cloud Times, June 19th 2004                                        MN Craft Connection, 2nd Qtr, 2000