The first third of Susi's life was spent as a professional jazz vocalist & fashion model, touring the country; after the births of her first 3 children, they toured with her until the oldest became school age, then she limited performance regionally to New England. Realizing she'd be raising her six children alone after a divorce, Susi enrolled in Nursing College and became an RN, working in that profession for over 23 years until she retired. After her retirement she found a new passion, Painting, and began voraciously studying everything related to painting she could lay hands on. She is entirely self-taught.
Since that time, Susi has gone on to win three international awards for her work; her work now hangs in four countries as well as a museum in Durango, Mexico. She was selected to contribute work to the popular TV show 'Extreme MakeOver:Home Edition' for their Warwick, RI project, and has been the subject of many New England regional newspaper & magazine articles as well as cable TV show appearances. Her work is featured annually on RI's PBS TV Art Auction; she won 'Most Inspirational Woman' award from her appearance on the RI cable TV show 'Tea With Marie' and contributes artwork to multiple charities yearly. She exhibits both locally and regionally and participates in national exhibits such as the 'Landfill Art' project, which uses auto hubcaps to create OOAK artworks to heighten consciousness about the dangers of landfills to the environment. Giving discarded objects ( such as blocks of wood from construction sites, old wooden windows, tin ceiling tiles etc) new life as artwork is an Art sub-specialty Ms. Franco particularly enjoys & commits significant time to.
Being adopted, Susi located her biological family several years ago and has since learned her heritage is rich and wide, includes extensive European ancestry. Her heritage is a significant influence for her work. Nearly five year's worth of exhaustive genealogical research as well as DNA testing has shown Susi is directly descended from 23 Kings & Queens, incl King Robert the Bruce I ( think 'Braveheart') of Scotland as well as his grandson/great-grandson who were also Scottish Kings; additionally she is directly descended from the Earls of Argyll and has direct lineage from the Royal House of Stewart & the French Royal houses of Capet & Plantagenet, also the German royal house of King Heinrich der Fowler through many generations of aristocratic ancestors. She is hard at work on her second book, inspired by her own recently discovered ancestry.
Susi owns a 6 acre farm in rural Rhode Island where she maintains her studio for Fine Art & Oil Painting/Fine Art Marketing-Promotion Lessons/Workshops, Creative Writing Workshops-Artist Retreats and seasonally offers fresh artisanal food and cooking lessons under the auspice of 'the Baroness's Bounty', a seasonal 'slow-food' product line Susi developed. She is also the author of the book 'Angels With Stethoscopes' *, a non-fiction work about her Nursing career which has received highly favorable reviews and is available on Amazon.com as well as other online book retailers. 'Angels With Stethoscopes' was chosen in 2013 for Amazon's Select Kindle List. Her writing is also featured in the books 'The Orange Willow Review', 'Tails of the Village Idiot' and 'Seek Truth', all available on Amazon.com or through Google searches. Using Google search term 'artist Susi Franco', you can get a better sense of the scope of her career.