Susan Woolgar was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1955 and raised in Calgary. Upon graduating from the Alberta College of Art in 1977 (Diploma of Applied Arts-Visual Communications), Susan embarked on a career in visual communications, working and freelancing for various advertising firms in Calgary. She and her husband, Graham, married in 1974. They we transferred to Edson in 1982, and Susan found herself out of advertising and ready to take fine art seriously. Surrounded by an incredibly beautiful and easily accessible natural environment, Susan began to explore landscape in painting. In 1989 and two children later, they returned to Calgary. Susan became active the Alberta Society of Artists that same year. She worked with various galleries and began developing as both a teacher and as an artist. The family moved to Red Deer in 1996, where Susan continues to teach for Red Deer College, the City of Red Deer Cultural Services and various community art groups in various communities across Western Canada, instructing in watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media/printmaking.
Susan says she cannot remember a time when she didn’t have a brush or pencil in her hand. The natural world has always been her inspiration as it supplies an abundant and endless source of material. She continues to work towards an artistic vision that is continually changing and growing.