Susan Ruane, native San Franciscan, began sketching in Golden Gate Park in high school. An art class with Elmer Bischoff at the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco Art Institute) encouraged her to examine abstract art and figurative drawing.
As an undergraduate art history major at the University of California, Berkeley, she studied under Karl Kasten, Harold Paris, John Haley and Michael McCracker. David Park was influential at that time.
Later she completed a Master's thesis on creativity in the lives of young children at San Francisco State University. She then focused on watercolors.
After a career in violence prevention and intervention, she directs her art toward strong women figures using charcoal, watercolor and mixed media.
Visit her website at www.susanruaneart.com