Born in Alberta, Sue spent a great deal of her childhood engaged in creative pursuits, often deriving inspiration from the prairie landscapes she spent hours exploring. Wandering through the fields and forest, she loved to create art from the tall prairie grasses and whatever other materials she found. As an adult, this adventurous and curious spirit led her to travel for many years , captivated by the people , cultures and landscapes she encountered. The drive to explore carried through her courses of study which included elementary education, organic horticulture and sustainable living skills. These studies provided a diversity of work and life experiences.