Susan J. Klein (August, 2012) was born in Dayton, Ohio, and now lives in Sarasota, Florida. She has been painting and exhibiting for over forty years, consistently winning awards and recognition. After receiving a master of fine arts degree from Kent State University, she taught at Youngstown State University and the University of Akron. She also owned and directed The Steel Street Experimental Gallery in Youngstown, Ohio. Moving to Florida in 1990, she rejoiced in her adopted state and devoted herself to painting. She discovered the wonders of the Florida landscape in the imagery at Myakka River State Park and the beaches of the “Suncoast.” Trips to Europe, the American Southwest and her National Park artist-in-residencies continue to enrich and expand her oeuvre. Her paintings, “Clay Gully Creek” and “Resurrection Fern” were selected to be exhibited as part of the United States Department of State Art-in- Embassies Program, the first in Italy and the latter in Bulgaria. Other fine paintings are included in prestigious public and private collections, nationally and internationally.