Susan Montgomery is an artist, author, and musician who lives with chronic pain. She has learned to rely on a variety of supports including her faith in Jesus. She has a background in Art Education and although she cannot teach in a traditional sense anymore due to health conditions, she enjoys learning about hobbies, techniques, and new ways of seeing the world, and sharing that with others through her writing, art, and published books.
Music entered her life during the COVID-19 pandemic. She started by learning how to play the guitar through various online lessons. A few months later, she was playing the ukulele and piano. She was always apprehensive about learning music as an adult, but now realizes how much fun it can be and can’t imagine her life without playing music.
Susan published her first book Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand in 2021. While going through carpal tunnel pain and eventual surgery, she wanted to continue playing the ukulele. She couldn’t find any music for only one hand, so she learned how to improvise and began composing instrumental pieces for just the picking hand. Combining these pieces with nature-themed paintings provided her with a rich playing experience. She wanted others with limited mobility, or who simply wanted to improve their picking hand skills to experience that as well. She began learning about self-publishing and has now published even more books, with each one featuring illustrations or paintings she created.
Susan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and lives in Bowling Green, Ohio with her tuxedo cat, Tracey.