Susan Tiller's art career is an interesting journey that started when she was a second-grader in Lincolnton, NC, and joined several of her friends for weekly 90-minute art lessons from a private instructor. She continued the lessons through high school and won a scholarship for her senior year with a ""Best of Show"" painting.
Art was put aside as Tiller earned a degree in Home Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She resumed lessons for a brief time after moving to Georgetown but gave it up again to work full-time as the director of child nutrition programs for the Georgetown County schools and to raise her two sons.
In 2000, after retiring from her school district job, Tiller again picked up her paintbrushes and took lessons from and attended art workshops with notable artists. She has studied with nationally known artists such as Jerry Raedeke, Robert Johnson, Morgan Samuel Price, John Traynor, Nancy Franck and Qiang Huang. She has a studio in her and Hank's home in Windsor Plantation overlooking the Black River, and her favorite subject is hydrangeas or other flowers arranged in blue and white Chinese porcelain. Susan paints primarily in oils and has a bright , happy color palette and painting style that is easily recognized by people who follow her work.
Tiller's second career has been successful, and she has sold paintings into collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She was selected to be the Poster Artist for the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show in 2013.