Susan Brown was born in 1957 in Copiague, New York and for many years has lived in Sayville, New York. Diagnosed with autism as a young child, she began drawing spirals, women and cars at the age of five and was encouraged by her father, an engineer, her mother, a chemist, and her aunt, a sculptor. Brown first painted her characteristic grid like drawings on cardboard in the 1980’s while working as a dishwasher at Friendly’s where cardboard packing was readily available. Her work reflects her eclectic interests in portraiture, transportation and landscapes and is drawn from her prodigious memory of growing up on Long Island.
Brown has been featured on a CBS Sunday Morning show segment on Outsider Art, and in publications such as Envision Folk Art Magazine and Out of Art. She has been attending the Pure Vision Arts studio weekly since its inception in 2002. Always a popular artist at outsider exhibitions both at home and abroad, her paintings and drawings are included in numerous corporate and private collections.