After giving marine biology a try in college, Susan decided to fall back on a more stable and lucrative profession: illustration. With her artist/writer husband Allen Crawford, they formed Plankton Art Company in 1999, and always harbored a secret desire of one day illustrating her own books.
Monsters and animals (whether real or imagined) have been life long companions in Susan's world, and formed the basis of many stories and illustrations. Her sense of humor ranges from the silly to the just plain dark.
Susan's stylized, graceful forms are largely inspired by nature and mid-century modernism. She has worked for Target, Warner Bros., Chronicle Books, Knopf, Ride Snowboards, Hasbro, National Geographic Kids Magazine, Discovery Channel and The Smithsonian National Zoo. One of her most ambitious project was a series of 400 hand-rendered identification key illustrations of fish, plants and other undersea creatures for The American Museum of Natural History's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, where these drawings are on permanent display.
Susan's paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited at numerous galleries, most notably Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Chelsea. She lives in a historic Quaker town in Central New Jersey, where she often goes on kayak trips in the Pine Barrens to look for tree frogs and orchids. Their cat, Felix is pampered beyond all reason.
Represented by: Samantha Bremekamp