Susanne Sandmeyer grew up in Leelanau County in the Port Oneida farm district. She spent her early years watching the sun’s light transform the palette of the landscape along the shores of Lake Michigan–changing faceted, glistening rocks into dark foreboding forms, and back again. Susanne remains fascinated by the transformative power of light. She explores the relationship between lightness and darkness, and finding the point at which each gives the other life. All objects that share the same space alter the chemistry of each other; Susanne loves to call attention to the ways in which forms relate to, overpower, or peacefully co-exist in the same confined space.
Susanne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, attended the University of Vienna (Austria) for art history and German studies, and has been painting and showing her work in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Michigan for over 20 years. She was a regular at the Art-A-Whirl openings in the warehouse district of Minneapolis, and participated in the Northrup King open studio shows, where she held a studio for many years. In Michigan she has shown her work in the summertime at the Old Art Building in Leland and the Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor.