Susan Falcone, an Ann Arbor native, has been a naturalist and painter since childhood. Her watercolors of birds, small mammals, wildflowers and insects reflect her lifelong research, observations and field studies of nature, and involvement in art. Her subjects are portrayed within a small part of their natural environment, with the focus particularly on composition and shape.
Susan's award-winning works are painted mainly using a technique called glazing, which employs numerous (often dozens) transparent layers of watercolor to produce the resulting glowing colors. Of special interest to her are the songbirds and marsh birds, particularly herons, that frequent southeast Michigan, including her own rural property, where she provides diverse habitats for local wildlife, and where plantings of native wildflowers attract songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Susan contributes many of her works to habitat, wildlife, and charitable organizations for fundraising, and is often a guest artist at these events. Her illustrations appear in nature-oriented publications, and her original work can be found in national and international private and corporate collections.