Her family has always had a deep appreciation of nature and the wonderful outdoors of Maine from its rocky coast to the interior forests and mountains.
The closeness Susan feels with the natural beauty of her home state and its wildlife is well represented in her painting. Breaking the bonds of a local talent to being an invited artist at such prestigious shows as the Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina, has resulted in a surge of interest in the works of this Maine artist.
Rudi Reichardt had the first public showing of his art, prints and posters in Toronto, Ontario, in 1954. The big transition to freelance painting came about, when in 1964, his paintings were personally selected by Vincent Price, the well known actor and art connoisseur, for the Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art. This marked the turning point in this artist's life and brought his work to the attention of the art world. Since then, Reichardt's career has mushroomed with countless one-man showings and also a commission to do four consecutive annual calendars for the International Harvesters of Canada.
Having painted the Canadian landscape, its birds and wildlife, from coast to coast, Rudi Reichardt moved to Florida in 1978, where he spent six years painting seascapes, still-life and the landscape, as well as the wildlife of that region. In 1984, he relocated to Flagstaff and a year later, drawn by the power and special spiritual quality he sensed in the Red Rocks, he moved to Sedona, where he currently lives with his wife Edith and works on his art, prints and posters. They have two children, Stephen and Diana. Reichardt is now involved in painting Northern Arizona and the Southwest.