Suiter’s unique, imaginative painting style incorporates both figurative images and abstract design. She paints to express inner feelings and emotions, rather than to portray outer reality in an accurate, rational manner.
Suiter was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, attending both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. After graduating from Lane Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene, Suiter headed up the Alcan Highway north to Alaska. She spent the next ten years in bush Alaska, devoting summers to managing a remote sport fishing lodge, and the long winters to becoming a writer.
Suiter completed her BFA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Subsequently, while working on her MFA in Creative Writing, her talent for the visual arts emerged in an elective beginning drawing class. Surprised and delighted by the accolades she received and the joy she experienced, Suiter pursued an extensive self-directed art education through reading, gallery/museum visits, mentorships, and lots of painting.
She has now been a working artist for over twenty-five years and has received numerous awards recognizing her expertise in Encaustic, including a MicroGrant from Pikes Peak Art Council, a Permanent Collection Purchase by the Anchorage Museum of Art, a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award, and a Career Opportunity Grant funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Suiter teaches “Painting With Encaustic” workshops at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center’s Bemis School of Art.