Suzanne was born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan and Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and studied painting abroad at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland while an undergraduate and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver at the graduate level. She is a two time recipient of a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and received a NJ Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2019.
Suzanne currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Visual Art and Design at Caldwell University. She served for seventeen years as a part-time assistant professor at Parsons School of Design. Suzanne began her teaching career as a studio instructor at the Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School of the Art Gallery of Ontario where she taught painting and drawing, worked to develop an intensive studio program for teenagers and helped to redesign the entire curriculum for the gallery school. In addition, Suzanne taught painting at the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum and has also been a visiting artist at Pratt Institute and Roger Williams University. Suzanne has served as a guest curator at the Painting Center where she also served for four years as a member of the gallery.
Suzanne exhibits her work internationally and has work included in private, corporate and museum collections.