The subject matter of Susan's artwork is a direct reflection of her own personal history. This history is derived from her experience of being a Pakeha raised in South Auckland and previous studies undertaken in Social History. With no link to her own Irish/English heritage to make reference to, she absorbed the wonderfully rich culture of the Maori and Pacific Islanders around her. This was reinforced by her family ties to the Te Arawa Iwi.
Today, Susan is still reconciling the two worlds of her British lineage, alongside her experience of Maoridom, and has yet to determine the point of intersection at which she is placed. However, Susan's art allows her to work through this dichotomy from which creates stirring New Zealand artwork.