Susan Schaefer was born Saskatchewan. After graduating from high school, she headed out west. With an ongoing thirst for artistic knowledge, she attended classes in painting and design at the University of Alberta while working full time with the Alberta government.
Her first introduction to computer graphic design came in the early 1980's when she enrolled in a summer class at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver. That was one of the pivotal points in her artistic career.
From west to east to Toronto Susan engaged her energy into the world of graphic design. She attended night classes while starting a design and publishing company. Many of her clients were artists and art galleries, thus maintaining her involvement in the arts.
In 1999, she returned to Saskatchewan and purchased a home on an acreage in the historical Qu'Appelle Valley. She very quickly became involved with the artists’ guilds by organizing art retreats and workshops.
Susan moved to Vancouver Island in 2007. With her graphic arts background she was able to establish The Island Arts Magazine, a publication to promote Westesrn Canadian Art.
She shares her passion for the arts by teaching and volunteering at local galleries. Susan makes here home in Parksville.