Susan Montgomery is an artist, author, and musician who embraces life’s challenges while nurturing her creativity. Despite dealing with chronic pain and medical issues, Susan finds solace and inspiration through her artistic pursuits. 

During the pandemic, Susan discovered a passion for music and writing books while continuing to create art. She began composing ukulele melodies when she could only play with one hand temporarily due to pain and surgery. This became the start of the Ukulele Expressions series, which combines her paintings with one-handed ukulele melodies in a variety of themes, including nature and animals.

Susan continued to learn about self-publishing and created several books in various genres while enjoying the process. From designing covers to formatting interiors, she loved each step in creating a book and making it available to a wider audience. Along with her music books, she has written poetry books about her medical conditions and Christian devotionals featuring affirmations and journal prompts.

Susan is passionate about sharing her love for the ukulele with others and recently found new joy in creating children’s picture books about the ukulele. She loves showing young readers how fun and exciting the ukulele is. Susan also writes for the Uke Like the Pros Blog and co-founded a beginner-friendly local ukulele group that meets for informal jam sessions while building community and connection.

She felt led to create a ukulele ministry in her local church and has been teaching beginners how to play the ukulele as they use it as a tool for Christian worship. This intergenerational group meets twice per month and learns a variety of hymns, gospels, and praise and worship songs. They plan to share their gift of music with their congregation and local community through casual performances.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where she lives. She loves spending time with her beloved tuxedo cat, Tracey, and learning new skills. Susan’s creative spirit, unwavering determination, and boundless imagination continue to shape her path as she strives to inspire others through her writing, art, and music.

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