Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina Suzannah McEntire gained recognition for her artwork at a very young age at multiple South Carolina State Fair juried shows. This recognition fueled her pursuit and love for creating art. Suzannah got her business license and organized her first one-woman exhibition at 15-years of age. From that point forward she continued to create and exhibit her work to share and express her love for art. While studying for a year in Italy in 1993 she was able to survey many Italian masterpieces that enriched her respect for art history and architecture. Her love of Italian Renaissance painting is still a subject of great interest. While in Italy Suzannah also learned egg tempera painting, gold leafing and traditional altarpiece creation in the style of Giotto, manual 35mm black and white photography processing and became fluent in Italian.
Upon returning to the United States Suzannah studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and thrived in the artistic environment. Accepted early to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Suzannah decided to forgo her senior year of high school to pursue art making in collage. After a year and a half in Chicago she returned to Columbia and was fortunate enough to attend the University of South Carolina and share studio space with fellow undergraduates. This was a defining moment in her studies, she was “forced” by a teacher to “do something different” which was when she created and found her current style of color energy painting. Suzannah graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000 acquiring a bachelor of fine art in painting. After receiving her degree Suzannah moved to Asheville, NC, and studied interior restoration, decorative painting, and faux finishing through AB Tech's imported restoration program from The City and Guilds of London Institute. Suzannah opened her own faux finishing business for a short period of time after returning to Columbia, SC and has been employed at the South Carolina Department of Education since. Suzannah is currently pursuing her master of arts in art education from the University of Florida.