Susan Rod

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Susan Rod studied Music and Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She and her husband moved to Calgary in 1966 where they’ve lived ever since. As a multi-disciplined artist, Susan has gained recognition internationally, and won awards for her carvings. She has owned a violin shop where violins were built and repaired and is currently completing a major project combining the building of a harpsichord and decorating it with her skillfully and accurately painted botanical studies. Her main mediums of expression are watercolours and oils with an emphasis on portraiture. Detail and a meticulously studied approach are the cornerstones of her work.


University of Wisconsin
Classes with Mary-Leigh Doyle
Various workshops including Ron Ranson and Jim Brager


Fall Artsploration Show at Hillhurst Sunnyside from 2004 to 2012
Fall Colours Show
Calgary Community Painter’s Society Shows since 2010
Knox Presbyterian Silent Auctions since 2002
Calgary Retired Teacher’s Association Shows 2014, 2016


Bow Cliff Seniors 1996-1999

“Wildfowl Carving Competition” magazine 1997, p.35
“Wildfowl Carving” magazine Spring 2000, p.p.29-42
“Wildfowl Carving” magazine Fall 2000, p.p.19-28

Guest Book for Knox Presbyterian Church 125th Anniversary, 8 watercolour illustrations.

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