Susanne Vertel comes from a family that includes several professional artists. Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Susanne Vertel received her early art training at the American Academy of Art there, and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Susanne Vertel's full time commitment to art began, however, as a form of occupational therapy during a time of personal tragedy. Following post-graduate study at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Susanne Vertel studied with several well-known professional sculptors at the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona.
Many of Susanne Vertel's works come from her personal experiences. Her grandparents on both sides were first generation Americans of European Heritage. As a child, she was beguiled by their many stories of life in their youth, simple chores and simple pleasures. Her representational bronze work reflects beauty as she sees it; the beauty of a graceful nude, the innocence of childhood, and the intrinsic beauty that comes with aging; faces that tell a story in themselves.
Susanne Vertel's's work has been exhibited and won awards in many juried and invitational art shows and galleries in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas including the prestigious Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club show in New York, the Allied artists of America show in New York and The Missouri Athletic Club show in St. Louis. Susanne Vertel has also completed several commissions, including one for the National Park Service, which will be installed at Yellowstone National Park, as well as private commissions and portraits.