About the Artist: 
“I am a figurative painter who enjoys telling a story. I have been painting sheep for quite some time. They are my conduit for stories and metaphors. I easily manipulate them into whatever roles i want them to play; this painting is no exception. The Sheep look out beyond the rusty metal fence. Their blank stares telling us they are oblivious to "Life" in front of them an behind them. Are their senses numb to an audio we can almost faintly hear? (beep, beep) the question begs to be asked... have we become numb to the world around us?"

Susan Hanssen has been an award-winning painter for several years and is well known in South Florida for her unique and exciting work. Notable achievements include: winner of Best of Show at the annual Florida Watercolor Exhibition twice in the last three years, and Best in Show at the Gold Coast Watercolor Society Show for the past two years. In 2008, seventeen paintings from her striking Sheep Series were exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Her work is also represented at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale and housed in private collections. In January 2015, Susan's work was accepted into the American Watercolor Society Show.

Susan is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and of the Florida Watercolor Society. She has taught numerous workshops across Florida and recently in Florida and New Mexico with her sister Nancy Frost Begin, who is also a practicing Artist. Susan continues to teach in her studio in Fort Lauderdale, primarily in watercolor and gouache.

Prior to pursuing her dream of painting, Susan had a highly successful career in Advertising. Her experience included ten years in New York at JWT and Lintas Worldwide, followed by eighteen years in Denver and Dallas as an Art Director.