Susan collects Cotton Wood Bark that has fallen off already dead trees for her carvings. No trees have been harmed by her. She uses traditional carving tools for her sculpturing and hand finishes each and every one.
She was Born and raised in the country in Pennsylvania, has always loved art and drew & painted as a child. She started Carving at age 17, never taking a formal course. Married and moved to Alaska with her husband Sam, and has been here 20 years.
At first, Sue started carving 'basswood' into realistic wildlife art sculptures. Then she loosened up her style, discovered Cottonwood Bark in Alaska, and found it to be a great carving medium. The rich mahogany red tones make awesome natural carvings - yet it takes to the acrylic paints like a duck to water! Her pieces reflect the beauty of details that only her talented fingers can draw out of a piece of bark.
Sue took to Santa's like St. Nick's personal 'helper, and after painting the carvings she finishes them with a non-toxic, water based varnish.
Her maiden name is Goldhart, so she has incorporated that into each Santa carving by painting a GOLD Heart on the back . House of Hatten inc. has sold her carvings for tabletop center pieces and ornaments from 1998 to 2001.
Sue works in her art studio in Juneau, Alaska, and has whimsically decorated it to suit her fancy, making it not only unique but a statement of color and artistic design! She enjoys carving Alaskan animals with her Santa’s but has done numerous other animals and people's pets or hobby themes into them as well. Visitors are welcome at her studio all year,
she will enjoy showing her incredible display of carvings and collectables. Susan has lived in Alaska since 1984.