Susan Hunter Petree grew up in a Foreign Service family and spent her childhood moving between Virginia, Japan and Ethiopia. She attended Emma Willard School and the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an economics and Japanese studies degree from Stanford University.
After more than 30 years in the banking and investment advisory business, rising to the executive level at several large financial institutions, Susan determined that there had to be something more to life. On a spur of the moment trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2011, Susan met Julianna Poldi, an abstract artist and teacher who gave an abstract art workshop. It was as if Susan had finally found the right side of her brain...and her passion! She started painting for the first time and has been painting full time ever since. Susan believes that the colors, textures, line and movement in her work are influenced by the many places she has visited around the world.
Susan relocated from New York City after her banking career to Newport, Rhode Island and works out of her home studio.