A child of the 70s, Gregory was born in Augusta, GA and raised in South Carolina. Most of her life has been spent in the American South, although, she has lived in Denver, CO and most recently, San Francisco, CA. After a recent bi-coastal spell between California and South Carolina, Susan returned to her native state with her family in the summer of 2016 and now lives and works in Charleston, SC.
From an early age, the artist pursued painting. Studying visual art throughout her youth, she spent a formative summer at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts. The landscape has always been integral in her subject matter while her concepts and media have transitioned over the years.
After finishing a degree in Political Science at the University of South Carolina, Gregory moved to the mountains outside of Asheville, NC. She there worked professionally in an office setting and eventually was inspired to return to school and study art at Western Carolina University(NC). She completed a B.F.A in Painting and Ceramics there (2000). In 2009, the artist took a course in Encaustics at Penland School(NC). At that point, her painting transitioned from primarily oils to mixed media with encaustic being the foundational medium for her work.
The artist’s painting process typically begins with a concept embodied in observed objects or symbols and furthers in a visual dialogue with the natural world. Broader aesthetic influences include quilt compositions, oceanic patterns, Edisto Island, rural highways, the music of Ryan Adams, paintings of Pierre Bonnard, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Wolf Kahn, Arthur Dove, Anselm Kiefer, Agnes Martin, Mark Bradford, Jose Parla and the work of Clyde Connell.
Susan is one of the founders of cone 10 studios, a ceramic studio and gallery in Charleston, SC and serves on the board of Enough Pie(Charleston, SC), a non-profit using creativity to connect and empower community. Gregory’s current series celebrates her Charleston, SC neighborhood of North Central as the forces of change surround.
Recent exhibitions include ArtFields 2017, Lake City, SC, Spectrum-Gesalt, bG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA(2016), 2016 Contemporary Woman, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA(2016), The Big Show, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA (2016).