For over 20 years, Suzanne Whitaker has committed to be in the highest and best service to her clients by creating authentic beauty and joyfulness in every space she has the privilege to help transform. She considers each project a collaboration, intuitively guiding you to define the goal(s) and then infusing her many years of artistic experience into it, creating a space that reflects you and invites all those who enter. It just has to feel good!
Suzanne is from Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Painting from the School of Art, University of Cincinnati’s D. A. A. P. (Design, Art, Architecture and Planning) and originally started her business in Cincinnati in 1993, concentrating on painting mostly for babies’ nurseries and children’s rooms.
She then moved her family and her business to Phoenix in late 2005. And, shortly thereafter, published her book, Creative Kids’ Murals You Can Paint!, a helpful step-by-step guide to mural painting for parents, amateurs, and professionals alike.
She continued as a mural painter for residential and commercial clients and then began developing her skills as a Decorative Finisher, often working with Arizona Interior Designers. You can see her decorative finishes and murals in several archived episodes from Arizona Cox Channel 7’s “Fine Wine and Design” Lifestyle Show, 2008 (see videos). She is especially happy that viewers can witness the process from the kernel of an idea to the best and final painted solution that incorporates the needs and desires of each participant, addressing budget concerns and a wide variety of tastes.
Suzanne is an Illustrator too. Most recently, she provided the artwork for Linda Stamm’s children’s book, Lilly and Zander, describing Equine Therapy through the story of an autistic girl and her horse. Linda and Suzanne have plans for more published endeavors in the near future.
She enjoys sharing her knowledge with children, emphasizing practice, practice, practice, and teaching teens and adults who are willing to hold a “child’s mind” through canvas and mural painting workshops and painting parties around the Phoenix area. When they can see their progress and gain self-confidence in the process, that is especially gratifying to her.
“From guiding the homeowner toward the most aesthetically pleasing and heartfelt design, or witnessing a breakthrough moment for a painting student, or seeing the successful results of someone who has followed my how-to’s on mural painting, I believe in using my artistic talents to help others in a larger way and that we are all here to collaborate and utilize our greatest gifts for the betterment of our communities. I am so grateful.”