Susan Greenstein grew up in Astoria, Queens and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since she was a college student at Pratt Institute where she received her BFA in Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, and went on to receive her MSE from Queens College. Susan spent the following 12 years illustrating children’s' books and articles for newspapers and magazines.
Following the birth of her daughter, Susan began to teach art to young children through the organization, Studio in A School. She has been teaching both elementary and high school students at Brooklyn Friends School and found teaching keeps her excitement and wonder of art fresh. She also finds her young students' enthusiasm is contagious and inspires her work.
When she is not teaching, Susan dedicates her to time painting with watercolors and drawing mostly on site around New York City. She is intrigued by the textures and patterns found in community gardens as well as in the local architecture. The Highline, in Manhattan, has become a favorite site. She finds that it provides the perfect balance between architecture and plant life and how they weave themselves together. In the summer, Susan spends time in New Hampshire studying and painting a very different type of landscape and light.
Susan lives with her husband Phil who is also a painter, their daughter, Gina and their cat Kalo.