Susan Statham is both a writer and an artist. An army brat, she was born in Toronto and raised in Fredericton and Ottawa. A graduate of Algonquin College, she also attended the Ontario College of Art & Design and the National Portrait Academy. Her quest for instruction in classical and traditional methods is chronicled in her first mystery novel, though the seed for the book came from one sentence in one art class - “Cobalt violet is the most poisonous oil colour in your paint box.” Traveling to Italy, Susan attended workshops in Florence and then in New York, N. Y. at the Art Students League. She is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a BA in psychology and courses in fiction and advanced fiction writing. Susan began writing The Painter’s Craft, her first published novel, in Toronto where she raised two sons, was a school librarian and painted portraits in oils. Her portrait commissions include, former Ontario Lieutenant-Governor, the Hon. Pauline McGibbon, and husband Don McGibbon, and the grandson of former Solicitor General, the Hon. Allan Lawrence. The cover of The Painter’s Craft features one of Susan’s paintings and painting as Charles Venable, she has completed six of the oils featured in the novel. These paintings will be on display during book signings and on her Facebook and web pages. Currently working on her second Maud Gibbons mystery, True Image, Susan now lives in a tiny hamlet east of Toronto with her husband, Mark Foley and French bulldog, Miss Jane Marple.
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