Susan Wilder was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. She received her BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and went on to study Surface Design (Textile) at UCLA and completed a certificate in Scientific Illustration from California State University, Long Beach.
Her love of drawing has stayed the focal point of her work. She has taught extensively at the college level as well as informal workshops in both California and New England and is currently a faculty member and Dean at Heartwood College of Art in Biddeford, Maine.
Her practice embraces both abstract and representational styles, and includes a fascination for the regularity in pattern and ornamentation. Micro views of living forms, Islamic geometry and even the dovetailing repetition in old wooden boats all highlight a perceptual sensitively to pattern recognition in her work. Connections solve puzzles.
Coracle, Areole, Enso......
“Once is an instance. Twice may be an accident. But three or more times makes a pattern” (Diane Ackerman)