Susan Kliewer is a Native of Southern California who has made Arizona her home for 40 years. She spent five of those years at Marble Canyon Trading Post in a remote area of northern Arizona adjacent to the Navajo Reservation. A painter since the age of ten, Susan turned to sculpting in 1987, after working in an art-casting foundry for ten years.
In 1993, Susan won a competition to create a monument of Sedona Schnebly for the City of Sedona, Arizona. Since then, she has had many more monuments commissioned and installed in the United States and Europe.
Susan often uses her Native American friends and relatives as models to capture that special intimacy that is a hallmark of her work. Susan says, “My work aims to show the common thread that underlies all human experience and which I hope brings us to a greater understanding between all people. If you do what you know and love, the feeling will shine through, giving your art a life of its own.”