Suzanne Thigpen has been painting since she was a child. She is a Savannah native who spent her early life exploring the many wonders of the southern marshes and coastline with her parents who both educated her on need for coastal conservation. She has a BS degree in biology and was involved in multiple research projects and publications involving the ecological effects of multiple dredging projects on the Savannah River and multiple industries effluent effect on the river and southeastern coastline. She later completed an advanced degree in healthcare from the Medical College of Georgia and became a healthcare educator at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia.
She has traveled the world with an early goal of seeing the worlds great ancient and modern architectural wonders and great art museums such as the Hermitage and Louvre. But her travel interest evolved and seeing wildlife, especially endangered disappearing wildlife, became her passion. She has seen every continent on that quest.
She is an active member of the Landings Art Association, Savannah Art Association, Georgia Watercolor Society and an associate member of American Watercolor Society. Her art has most recently been accepted for prestigious international shows by the American Watercolor Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society. She taught watercolor, acrylic, oil painting and drawing for the past twelve years. She was strongly influenced and taught by such masters as Paul Jackson, Stephen Quiller, and Lauren McCrackin.