Susan Harmon was born and lived much of her life in Chicago. She holds a BFA, Painting, from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and another BFA, Graphic Design, from The University of Illinois, and an MFA degree from Georgia Southern University. She spent one year working on a Ph.D. in Studio Art at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She received a generous fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. art research at The Julia and David White art residency in Costa Rica. I am an Abstract Expressionist painter. Her work is large, typically 15’x5’. She works on unstretched and unprepared canvas, on the floor or wall. All works are informed by books; stories about women who have suffered trauma and their road to recovery. Recently she was awarded a commission to complete 5 murals for the city of San Marcos, 60’ long and 20’ tall. The University of Central Oklahoma chose 5 of her artworks to use for their costumes for the play, Trojan Women 2, April 2019. This year she won a first-place award from Mark Arts of Koch Brothers Industries with a generous stipend and her art was published on the invites. She will be attending The Skopelos Art Residency this summer on the Greek island. She teaches art courses at Northern Marianas College on the island of Saipan, Park University, and Butler College. She has been married for 41 years and has 4 sons.