Susan Craighead pursued her art education at Potsdam State University in New York with continuing studies at the Corcoran Museum School of Art in Washington D.C. She studied with renowned portrait painters Cedric and Joanette Egeli at Maryland Hall for the Arts in Annapolis, Maryland and spent several summers studying at the Cape School with Henry Hensche in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Susan Craighead has won numerous awards for her portrait work including a First Place with the Portrait Society of America. The Pastel Journal magazine awarded her an Honorable Mention in their annual portrait competition. Gifted as well in portraying pets, one of her pastel portraits is on permanent display at the AKC museum of Canine Art in St. Louis, Missouri.
Susan Craighead's portraits hang in many private collections throughout the United States.
Susan resides near Manassas, Virginia with her husband, Stephen Craighead, who is also a portrait painter, and their artistically inclined son. As a family of artist, they have enjoyed meeting and painting many people from all walks of life and from all parts of the United States.