Susan Hickman was born a twin in rural Ohio. She grew up in a small town and studied graphic design and photography at Ohio University. She moved to New York for a year before making her way to the New England area where she has spent the last 15 years. She is currently a resident artist of Hygienic Gallery in New London. Susan is an eclectic mixed media artist working with paper, acrylic, ink, oils, found objects, graphic design, clothing design, photography and more. She has also owned and operating several small galleries in New London including DEW ART Gallery, TAKEOUT Gallery and Down Gallery in Mystic. She utilizes studio waste, discarded paintings, found textiles as well as new, creating a restorative process, creating something new from the past. She enjoys experimenting with texture and color and finds making work of any kind an exploration and an escape.