Tina Suszynski was born in Philadelphia and raised on a barrier island in southern New Jersey. Her youth was full of exploration, sisters, sports and art; she developed a love for drawing as soon as she was given access to pencil and paper. Early on, Suszynski became a student of a local artist and art educator. This relationship lasted through elementary and high school and it allowed her to experiment with media not available in the typical public school art class.
Heeding the advice of the adults around her, however, Suszynski did not pursue an art degree. Instead, she attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in International Studies. She was fortunate to be able to spend her junior year studying in Paris where she managed to visit the Louvre almost every week to soak in as much art as possible. She vividly remembers her visit to the Rodin Museum that year and its strong impact on her. Suszynski went on to law school, first in Richmond, Virginia, then in Chicago after discovering that the beauty of Lake Michigan and its seagulls could mollify her feelings of loss after leaving her island refuge.
While practicing law in Chicago and at the behest of a friend, Suszynski began to take ceramic classes in the evenings and was drawn back in to the creative world that she missed dearly. The voices in her head had sent her to search for a “career” but the undercurrent of art had always remained in her subconscious. Suszynski has spent a lot of time honing her technique by attending the highest quality workshops and classes whenever possible.
She has taken figure drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago, figure sculpture (and many other classes) at the Evanston Art Center, and workshops given by Robin Hopper, Eric Jensen, Jun Kuneko, Paul Soldner, and Lana Wilson. She recently spent two weeks at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in the ceramics department (with Stan Welsh and Benjamin Lira as her instructors) and one week in the sculpture department (Rick Parsons).Suszynski has been a resident artist at Valor Arts+Media and AIR Vallauris in France.