Suzie was a professional diver for over 30 years. As a Diving Instructor Trainer, Suzie traveled around the world, as the first woman to teach diving, and license instructors. While working for the CIA, she taught CIA Agents, Secret Service Agents, US Marshals, FBI Agents and other law enforcement personnel how to dive, perform search and recovery as well as other specialized skills. She taught President Ford’s Secret Service Agents, some of those special skills. Traveling gave Suzie the opportunity to see extraordinary underwater creatures up close, (and some scary stories) which she captured in her earlier paintings. Suzie is licensed by the State of Florida as Marine Turtle Rescue Personnel. She walks the beach of Casey Key every morning from May until November, she verifies turtle nests, collects research data and DNA samples. She also helps rescue baby turtles when they hatch. She releases about 200 baby Loggerhead turtles every year. Mote Marine Volunteer 15 years of excellent volunteer service award 2017
Suzie received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2008. Suzie has been working with the turtles since 2001, and was awarded the Mote Volunteer 15 year of excellent service award in 2017. Suzie has won several distinguished awards for her art, including the Houston Safari Club’s 2019 Artist of the Year, American Women Artists award of Merit. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Rose Award by the Susan K. Black Foundation for her dedication.
Her painting Aerial Reconnaissance “Barred Owl” will be featured in the 58 th Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition, Cliff Dwellers was featured in the Society of Animal Artist Annual exhibition and also 2018 Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Suzie’s painting “Asleep in the Saddle” was purchased by The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for their permanent Birds In Art Collection and she was the featured Acrylic Instructor for SKB Class in Dubois, WY 2017