Susan Copley was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Midwood High School, majoring in art and painting, always identifying as an artist.
She attended Pratt Institute for 2 years, after which she moved to Basel, Switzerland, where she studied art for another 2 years. After returning to the United States, Copley obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of NY at Buffalo, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in painting, with a minor in architecture.
Upon graduating from the Masters program, she opened a large studio on Bryant Street in downtown Buffalo, New York. Copley currently divides her time between her residence in Buffalo and southern Ontario, Canada, where she has a second studio. Living in the country near woods and Lake Erie, with daily views of water and sky, has greatly influenced her work.
Her work is based on and infused with references of nature, and varies from abstraction to realism, though not of a specific place, incorporating shadings of color, light, pattern, and shadow.
Copley’s art has been exhibited nationally in many venues, museums and galleries, and has been purchased for numerous public and private collections.