Susan Ecker, a native New Yorker, received a Bachelor of Science in Design, concentrating on Drawing and Painting, from the College of Architecture and Design. School of Art, University of Michigan. She continued post graduate study there, at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. She earned a Master of Arts, Fine Arts, from the University of Maryland and then completed one additional year of post graduate study in art history.
She has taught drawing, painting and design at the secondary and university levels and was Adjunct Professor of Art at Linfield College in Oregon. She has extensive experience in the visual arts, including lecturing on the history of art and architectural design. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely and received well in the United States and Australia.
In the mid-nineteen-seventies, as a result of a drawing commission, she began consulting with architects about design and the use of materials and color. Several of the architectural projects on which she worked have been reviewed in newspapers and professional publications.
In 1997, her painting, Theme: Virgil, a mixed-media on wood piece recalling the landscape of East Hampton, received Honorable Mention at the Guild Hall 59th Annual, from the exhibition juror, Arthur C. Danto, art critic of The Nation.
Her first retrospective, in 2005, was at the James Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College in Oregon.
She continues to work in East Hampton, New York and Australia and is teaching Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University (South West) in Western Australia.