Susan Edison moved from Ohio to Dallas in 1981, leaving her job as art director of WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, where she worked alongside anchor Nick Clooney. (His son, George, was still a teenager). A book on news graphics featured her art, & her court sketches appeared repeatedly on ABC network’s national news.
But Texas called her heart, where she opened her own illustration studio. Winning numerous awards over the years, she did everything from children’s books, gardening & cook books, advertising, portraiture, movie plates, to fashion illustration. Some clients included Neiman Marcus, Mary Kay, FedEx, Visa, World Trade Center, Macmillan, Harcourt Brace, JC Penny,
Pier 1, & TGI Fridays.
In 1992 Susan & her Bristish husband left Dallas for the country life & never looked back.
Moving 70 miles NW of Dallas/Ft. worth, they started the Diamond M Ranch, running a cow/calf operation while also breeding & competing in reined cow-horses.
In 2001 Susan created her own line of cowgirls & western art, under the name Diamond M Ranch Designs. Plum Sassy Cowgirls, a tribute to the spirited & tough Cowgirl, has been displayed in the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame & the Montana Historical Society Magazine. Her line was in over 250 stores internationally. She was honored to be the official artist for the Womens’ National Finals Rodeo. They also commissioned her to do the poster art for their 65 year commemorative anniversary. Susan’s Cowgirls have graced the cover of W&E by Cowboys & Indians magazine. She has been featured in Western Horseman & also was the exclusive fashion illustrator for the famed western couture designer, Patricia Wolf.
Later she moved onto a career as a gallery painter, being represented in Sante Fe & Scottsdale. Painting in oil, her subjects ranged from working Cowgirls, Cowboys, horses, donkeys, to buffalo’s & birds. She currently enjoys licensing her images for a variety of companies & products. Susan is now represented locally by Adobe Western Art Gallery in Ft. Worth & by Vantage Point Gallery in Gainesville, & also in several local specialty gift stores.
Susan works out of her log home loft studio, overlooking her beloved ranch, painting portraits of pets or people in 3 different mediums. She also offers group & private classes in watercolor, acrylic, oil, or figure drawing.
:: Websites:: susanedisonfineart.com, sassycowgirls.com
:: Instagram:: @susanedisonfineart
:: Facebook:: @susanedisonart