Susan Pettee lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. After graduation from Radcliffe College, she studied art at Boston Museum School and the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. and was a printmaker in the 1970s. Near the end of another career as an antitrust lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, she encountered botanical art at the Corcoran in 2000 and decided that was what she wanted to do. While living in Paris from 2003-2010, she studied with Anne-Marie Evans at the English Gardening School in London and received a Certificate in Botanical Painting from the Society of Botanical Artists in England.
Susan is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the New England Society of Botanical Artists. She has exhibited in New York, in Washington, D.C., in Portland, Oregon, Great Barrington, and in Paris and Périgueux, France. She has participated in several of the American Society of Botanical Artists’ juried exhibitions at the New York Horticultural Society as well as exhibiting in New England at Pomfret Audubon Society, Shire City Sanctuary gallery in Pittsfield, and West Stockbridge Public Library.
Susan fell in love with Sicilian wildflowers several years ago and has recently finished a multi-year project to illustrate flowers at archaeological sites there, to be included in a book by a Radcliffe classmate and noted author, Mary Taylor Simeti, who lives in Sicily. The Arnold Arboretum in Boston will have an exhibition of some of these illustrations, with accompanying texts by Ms. Simeti, from May 12 through July, 16, 2017. However, New England wildflowers are also beautiful and immediately at hand and she also enjoys portraying them.