Susan J. Klein was born in Dayton, Ohio. She has been painting and exhibiting for over forty years, consistently winning awards and recognition. After receiving a Master of Fine Art from Kent State University, she taught classes at Youngstown State University and the University of Akron while continuing her painting career. During this time, she owned and directed The Steel Street Experimental Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio.
Moving to Florida, in 1990, she rejoiced in her adopted state, devoted herself to painting, and discovered the wonders of the Florida landscape in the imagery at Myakka River State Park and the beaches of the “Suncoast.” Trips to Europe and the American Southwest, along with National Park artist-in-residencies, have enriched and expanded her oeuvre.
Klein participated in the Grand Canyon’s third, seventh, and eighth Celebrations of Art, a plein air competition and fundraiser. Her painting “Clay Gully Creek” was selected to be exhibited at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy, during 2001-2004; and her work “Resurrection Fern” was displayed in Sofia, Bulgaria (2008-2010), as part of the United States Department of State Art-in-Embassies program. Other fine paintings are included in prestigious public and private collections, nationally and internationally.
She lives and works in Sarasota, Florida.