About Susan

Susan M. Smith Bio

Susan used to collect the cottonwood bark but now that she has moved to Juneau and they don’t have large bark there, she make arrangement to have friends bring some from Haines or orders it off the internet. And as she says, “I’m just getting to old to be going hunting and gathering bark anymore!”

She was Born and raised in the country in Pennsylvania, has always loved art and drew & painted as a child. She started Carving at age 17, never taking a formal course. Sue and her husband moved to Alaska in 1984.

At first, Sue started carving ‘basswood’ into realistic wildlife art sculptures. Then she loosened up her style, discovered Cottonwood Bark in Alaska, and found it to be a great carving medium and she paints them in acrylics. Her pieces reflect the beauty of details that only her talented fingers can draw out of a piece of bark.

Her maiden name is Goldhart, so she has incorporated that into each Santa carving by painting a GOLD Heart on the back . House of Hatten inc. has sold her carvings for tabletop center pieces and ornaments from 1998 to 2001.

Sue has moved to Juneau and has a rented space for her studio.  She enjoys carving alaskan animals with her Santas but has done numerous other animals and people’s pets or hobbie themes into them as well.