Suzanne G. Bennett was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1950's. Her parents and her teachers encouraged her interest in drawing and painting. After graduating from the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she attended Rollins College and majored in painting. Her painting instructor, Tom Peterson, taught abstract expressionism and Suzanne gained lifelong appreciation for nonrepresentational artwork. 

 

In 1965 Suzanne spent two semesters attending the Cleveland Institute of art where she had extensive drawing coursework with Edwin Mieczkowski. In 1967 she completed a graphic design certificate program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. For the next 40 years she worked as  graphic artist, focusing  on print projects in book and magazine publishing. Suzanne and her husband, Larry Bennett, lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

In 2008 Suzanne joined the Shrewsbury, NJ Guild of Creative Art and studied pastels with Sangita Phadke for two years. While living there she exhibited in their member's exhibit. In 2010 she retired to Fort Myers, FL. where she currently teaches pastels at the Shell Point Retirement Community. She belongs to the Sanibel Captiva Art League and has exhibited at the Sanibel Library and the Phillips Gallery on Sanibel. She is a member of the Southwest Florida Society of Pastel Artists.