The idea of becoming an artist surely was planted when Susan Downing-White's family moved from Chicago to Miami Beach. She was eight. Overnight, her known world of black and white city streets became a land of green, coral, and aquamarine. She had her first taste of coastal skies there and have lived by water ever since, in New Orleans and now in Mobile.
Downing-White studied graphic design at Auburn University for part of a year after high school, considered switching to architecture, then dropped out of formal education to explore the domestic arts. Nine years later, she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree, and she learned to gild frames and use Photoshop from books. Working three years in art conservation allowed Downing-White the privilege of studying paintings from museums and fine private collections while she repaired passages of lost paint. Current projects include a book about painting coastal skies, occasional workshops, and a solo show at Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans in March 2016.
Susan Downing-White admits she must live near water: She is an artist who paints about the meaning of skies and swamps. Downing-White lives with her husband, Bill, and studio dogs Woodrow & Ziggy.